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European Commission announces action on deforestation
Today, the European Commission published a roadmap announcing plans to “step up European Action against Deforestation and Forest Degradation”. The document foresees a new Communication in the second quarter of 2019 to “develop a...
Belgium joins countries calling on the European Commission to act on deforestation
Belgium today presented an Initiative calling on the European Commission to “develop an ambitious action plan against deforestation and forest degradation before the end of the current mandate of the European Commission (mid...
Pressure mounts on EU to act as France calls for action on deforestation
Brussels – The French government has just published a new national strategy to combat the deforestation caused by its imports of soy, palm oil, beef, cocoa and wood. They have set themselves the target of ending so-called...
Civil society letter on the EU Protein Plan to the Austrian Presidency
On October 18, European NGOs and networks, including Fern, sent an open letter to the Permanent Representation of Austria, on the occasion of the Austrian presidency, to make recommendations on the EU's upcoming protein plan. They...
Groundbreaking report sends strong message to the EU on the forest crisis
Now is the time for greater leadership from the Commission and EU Member States to end tropical deforestation and support governance reforms. The European Parliament’s new report
Fern welcomes European Parliament call for bold action on forests
Fern welcomes a new report from the European Parliament (EP) on “natural resource management, the case of forests”. Championed by the EP’s Vice President Heidi Hautala and members of its...
Indigenous leaders and human rights defenders demand urgent EU action on deforestation
Indigenous leaders and human rights activists from Liberia, Indonesia and Colombia will come to Brussels on June 29 to deliver a petition signed by 156 000+ people urging European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker to uphold...
Voluntary corporate commitments no substitute for government action against illegal forest destruction, study reveals
A new report released today by Fern and Forest Trends finds that the onus is on governments in both forested and consumer countries to halt the trade...
VGGT: what potential to engage?
This rapid scoping of the Food and Agricultural Organisation Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure (VGGT) sought the views of different organisations, individuals and activists on the usefulness of the...
Action on deforestation: despite well-endorsed petitions, Juncker will not meet
The President of the European Commission, Jean Claude Juncker, has turned down a meeting to receive a petition, backed by more than 120,000 signatories, calling for greater European action to tackle the patterns of EU consumption...