NGOs call for new laws to end the EU’s complicity in Amazon fires
Twenty-six NGOs, have urged European Institutions to end European complicity in the fires raging in the Amazon by passing tough new laws guaranteeing that products sold in the EU are free from deforestation and human rights abuses. The NGOs, which include Fern, Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth Europe, Global Witness, also outline how EU Member States have helped fuel the current crisis through their extensive imports of soy and beef.
Pressure mounts on President-elect as EU Commission opens door to regulating supply chains to tackle deforestation
The EU has opened the door to regulating supply chains to minimise the risk of deforestation associated with commodity imports to the EU. Fern welcomes this long-awaited move with cautious optimism and looks forward to working...
International coalition calls for the EU to end its role in the assault on the Amazon
Brussels, Wednesday, April 10 - On Jair Bolsonaro’s 100th day in office, an international coalition of NGOs – including a group representing more than 300 Brazilian indigenous groups – have called for the European Union (EU) to...
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...
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...
European Commission study shows path to end agricultural deforestation – now it must act
A study published on March 16 by the European Commission offers a long-awaited blueprint for ending the European Union’s central role in agricultural deforestation – clearing forests for soy, palm oil, cocoa and other agricultural...
EU a Global Leader in Consumption of Goods from Illegally Deforested Land Valued at EUR 6 Billion Annually
Released at the same time as Fern's new report Stolen Goods, this press release reveals that almost a quarter of the world trade in agricultural goods produced on land illegally cleared of forest is destined for the EU; the...