Publications & Insight
European Commission launches consultation on deforestation
In December 2018, the European Commission published a long-anticipated roadmap to “step up European Action against Deforestation”, followed by aconsultation on a coherent approach to deforestation and agricultural expansion, open...
EU forests in danger: Forest protection starts in our backyard
Trees cover 182 million hectares of the EU. That’s six times the size of Italy. Yet as this report shows, European Union (EU) forests are under threat, and rapid and committed action is required to save them. We all - citizens,...
Deep in Denial
When the head of the WTO says trade does not impact the environment we should all be worried.
Forests in the EU’s Long-term climate strategy
Thirty-eight per cent of the European Union (EU) is covered by forests. They contribute to life and well-being, give children a place to play and dream, and parents a place to walk and talk. They contribute to Gross Domestic...
POR QUE APOIAR a uma nova lei européia para combater o desmatamento global
De 14 de janeiro de 2019 a 25 de fevereiro de 2019, a Comissão Europeia abriu uma consulta sobre a melhor forma de intensificar a ação da UE contra a desflorestação, a fim de informar a elaboração de uma nova comunicação que...
Paper – the forgotten forest commodity
As the world awakes to the threat posed by palm oil and soy to our forests, it’s in danger of overlooking how paper and packaging drives industrial logging, mis-shapes millions of hectares of forest landscapes and creates...
How Germany can break the link between EU meat consumption, deforestation and human suffering
Farming is the planet’s biggest driver of deforestation, and beef and soya production the prime culprits. The lion’s share of deforestation caused by these commodities is in Latin America, and Germany’s responsibility is considerable.
What is bioenergy? A global problem
Bioenergy may sound green, but it often means burning forests for energy. This is neither sustainable nor climate-friendly. Burning wood releases carbon dioxide, just like burning coal, but felling forests to feed the furnaces...
Increased clearcutting in Lithuania’s Natura 2000 sites demands a rapid response
A fight is heating up in Lithuania over government-authorised clearcutting in national and regional parks, many of which are also protected under the Natura 2000 network.
The conflict began more than a year ago: the Seimas,...
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...