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Forest Pledge

21 March 2019

Forest Pledge

Imagine a world without forests…

In 2017 we lost more tropical trees than in almost any year on record caused in part by EU investment in and imports of timber, palm oil, soy, beef, paper, cocoa and other commodities.

EU forests are also disappearing fast, in part due to increased harvesting for bioenergy. Even the most valuable primary forests are not spared, despite often sitting in protected areas.

Now imagine a world in which degraded and destroyed forests are restored and available to people and wildlife…

The EU has both the power and responsibility to make the second vision a reality.

More than 50 NGOs and forest experts and defenders from all over the world have therefore come together to ask future Members of the European Parliament to pledge to promote policies to protect and restore forests worldwide and recognise and secure forest peoples’ territories and their rights, including the rights of women, for generations to come.

The Pledge is available in CzechDutchEnglishFinnishFrenchGerman, Italian, Spanish, Polish and Portuguese.

If you are standing as a Member of the European Parliament in the upcoming elections and would like to sign the pledge please contact: hannah@fern.org

List of signing candidates

Disclaimer: Please note that all signatures are reviewed by Fern on submission. Fern reserves the right to reject signatures from candidates or parties who do not in practice or value stand up for human rights or who deny the scientific consensus that there is a man-made climate emergency.

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