Tackling deforestation through EU due diligence: lessons and proposals from Brazil

10 setembro 2020

Tackling deforestation through EU due diligence: lessons and proposals from Brazil

The webinar will discuss how to trace Brazilian agricultural exports to the EU and how a deforestation and land rights observatory could help EU companies perform due diligence to remove deforestation and human rights violations from their supply chains. 

Date:  1 October 2020, 3-5pm CET

Languages: English, Portuguese and German (simultaneous interpretation)




About a third of soya consumed in the EU comes from Brazil  and 10 per cent of all Brazilian beef is exported to the EU. Trase’s unique data sets reveal the soy and beef deforestation risk associated with EU imports. A recent peer-reviewed Science article provided the first property-level analysis linking beef and soy production with deforestation in the Cerrado and Amazon, two of the most threatened biomes in Brazil. Building upon Trase’s commodity flows data, the study found that roughly 20 per cent of soya exports and at least 17 per cent of beef exports from Brazil to the EU may be contaminated with illegal deforestation.

Commodity imports are set to accelerate under the Mercosur Free Trade Agreement between the EU and the South American bloc of nations which include Brazil, which was finalised in June 2019. If agreed, the deal will allow 99,000 tonnes of beef to be exported to the EU tariff-free. Likewise, if China and the US’ new trade agreement is implemented, a larger quantity of Brazilian soy currently exported to Asia is likely to be sold to the EU instead.

The EU is currently considering regulatory measures to tackle deforestation in its supply chains, and the European Commission is conducting an impact assessment of regulatory and non-regulatory measures for stepping up EU action to protect the world’s forests. To feed into these processes, Fern, Trase and the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG) are organising a webinar to present the latest data about EU consumption of Brazil’s key commodities. We will also discuss political will and the conditions and tools needed to exclude deforestation and human rights violations from EU supply chains.



Introduction, Nicole Polsterer, from Fern

A journey through the Amazon and the Cerrado.

  • Victor Moriyama, a Brazilian photojournalist, presents new images and share his testimony of fire hotspots and destruction linked to soy plantations from a recent field study done forRainforest Foundation Norway.

Key Speakers:

  • Ms Maria Noichl, Member of the European Parliament, S&D Group 
    - Need for stronger and better EU legislation on deforestation and agricultural imports 

  • Ms Helen Bellfield, Trase Lead at Global Canopy 
    - Latest figures of deforestation and soy and beef exports from Brazil to the EU 

  • Mr Raoni Rajão, Professor at the Federal University of Minas Gerais and lead author of “Rotten Apples of Brazil’s Agribusiness” 
    - The limits of private certifications and the need of a transparent supply chain observatory 

  • Ms Adriana Ramos, Instituto Socioambiental (ISA), Brazil 
    - Need for supply chain observatory on tenure and human rights 

  • Mr José Silva Soares, Member of Parliament, Brazil 

  • Mr Fabiano Contarato, Senator, Brazil 

Initial reactions:

  • Mr Paulo Pianez Junior, Marfrig

  • Mr Nicolae Stefanuta, Member of the European Parliament, Shadow Rapporteur on “An EU legal framework to halt and reverse EU-driven global deforestation", Renew Group

  • Mr Sebastian Lesch, Head of International Agricultural Policy, Agriculture, Innovation


This event has been made possible with the financial assistance of the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) and the Life Programme of the European Union. The opinions given at the event can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the UK Government or the EU Life Programme. 

Categories: Events, Sustainable Supply Chains, Brazil

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