What are the causes of deforestation?
Eighty per cent of global forest loss is due to the conversion of forest to agricultural land to produce socalled ‘forest risk commodities’, such as beef, soya and palm oil, which are largely exported.
Response to the Forest Strategy consultation - A world of strong and healthy forests
Ursula von der Leyen is the first European Union (EU) Commission President to publicly recognise how important forests are to life on our planet. But with the climate crisis and biodiversity collapse looming, time is short to turn...
No forest offsets
This letter was sent to President of the European Commission von der Leyen, Executive Vice-President Timmermans, Commissioner Simson, Commissioner Sinkevičus , Minister Matos Fernandes, MEP Guteland and other Members of the...
EU Commission reprimanded for failure to consider environmental, social impacts of South American trade deal
Environmental and human rights organisations have welcomed today’s European Ombudsman finding of maladministration by the Commission. It found that the Commission failed to complete a timely assessment of the social and...
Forest restoration: why offsetting could derail the path to recovery and well-being
This Sunday, 21 March, is the United Nations International Day of Forests (IDF), intended to celebrate and raise global awareness of the importance of forests. The theme is "Forest restoration: a path to recovery and well-being",...
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.