Notícias e recursos
VPA negotiations: Commission should boldly encourage positive momentum in Laos
From 27 - 28 April 2017, the Lao PDR experienced its first face-to-face negotiation toward a Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA), a trade deal with the EU that aims to ensure that wood being sold in the EU is demonstrably...
Belgium: Will Flemish government’s move to withdraw biomass subsidies set an example?
In Europe, burning biomass to generate electricity depends on state subsidies; without these, inefficient power plants are in trouble. It is a positive step therefore that Belgium’s Flemish region is ending its affair with biomass...
LULUCF: Parliament shows ambition where Commission was weak
Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have submitted amendments to the EU Regulation on land use and forests (LULUCF) which show an appetite to improve the Commission’s proposal.
The MEPs’ move to increase the LULUCF...
Goldman Prize: the forest and EU links
Each year in April, the Goldman Prize focuses the world’s attention on environmental crises confronting communities across the globe, and the heroism of the grassroots environmental activists who take a stand, often at daunting...
News in Brief May 2017
Environmental crime has been identified as a priority in the EU’s fight against organised crime between 2018 and 2021, according to the European Commission’s Sixth progress report towards an effective and genuine Security Union,...
Drawing out links between the Common Agricultural Policy, soy, and deforestation in South America
The European Union’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is fuelling tropical deforestation, according to a new report published by Fern at an event in the European Parliament yesterday. The event was hosted by MEP Maria Noichl...
EU consumption of soy and deforestation
Soy is the second largest agricultural driver of deforestation after cattle products (with agriculture responsible for about 70 per cent of all deforestation). According to a 2013 study for the European Commission, soy expansion...
Agriculture and deforestation - Summary Report
The EU Common Agricultural Policy, soy, and forest destructionProposals for reform - SUMMARYThe biggest cause of forest loss – accounting for around 70 per cent – is agricultural deforestation, notably for beef, soy, palm oil and...