Carbon dioxide removal: trade-offs, governance gaps and irretrievable risk
As uncertainty surrounds what is meant by carbon dioxide removal, separate targets for actual emissions reductions and carbon removals are crucial to achieve the 2050 climate target.
EU Trade Policy Review lacks the teeth to make trade sustainable
The first trade and sustainable development dispute panel decision exposes the limits of sustainable development chapters in trade agreements.
Corporate due diligence: We are all concerned
A French civil court reminds us that the EU must prioritise a broad, enforceable approach to due diligence because society as a whole is affected.
EU-Mercosur Trade Agreement: No ‘additional declaration’ can fix it
European institutions must stop trying to fix the trade deal by increments, while Brazil’s government takes a scorched-earth approach to human rights and environmental protections.
Why is it important to fight illegal logging? - FAQ
What are the causes of illegal logging?
Illegal logging occurs when timber is harvested, transported, processed, bought or sold in violation of national or international laws.
It is driven by demand for timber, paper and...
188 groups say it’s time to ‘make the throw-away go away’
Before the 1950s and 60s, the majority of the products we produced and consumed were built to last. Milk bottles made of glass were returned and sterilized for re-use, restaurants offered ceramic plates and stainless-steel cutlery...
Republic of the Congo: Forest code and climate plans are both a cause for hope
Under discussion since 2011, the new Forest Code aims to strengthen forest management and the forest timber sector, whilst improving governance and transparency, fighting deforestation, and advancing local communities’ rights in...
Democratic Republic of the Congo: Indigenous rights law inches forward and CSOs weigh in ahead of COP26
A proposed law to protect the rights of the Indigenous Pygmy Peoples, intended to redress the discrimination they have faced when protecting their culture and to strengthen their contribution to sustainable management of forests,...
Climate Ambition Summit: How ambitious was it for forests?
In December 2020, world leaders gathered at the Climate Ambition Summit, deemed a significant moment on the road to COP26, to discuss their ambitions for tackling the climate crisis in the coming years. Forests did not take centre...
One Planet: EU heads of state commit to nature protection targets and deforestation regulation
EU heads of state made new commitments to protect the world’s forests at the One Planet Summit, hosted by French President Emmanuel Macron, 11 January 2021.
More than 50 countries joined a pledge to protect 30 per cent of the...