Publications & Insight
Healthy forests = equitable livelihoods, inclusive development and a resilient climate
This briefing endorsed by Client Earth, the Environmental Investigation Agency, Fern, Forest Peoples Programme, and Transparency International details what the EU can do to ensure that healthy forests contribute to local...
Deepening and expanding multi-stakeholder participation in VPAs to achieve greater impact
VPA update, June 2019
One of the unique features of Voluntary Partnership Agreements (VPAs) – which form a key part of the EU’s Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Action Plan – is that they allow a variety of actors (government, private sector, civil society and forest communities) to discuss how forests should be managed.
ASEAN and EU create group to explore palm oil sustainability issues
Issues surrounding palm oil are increasingly causing division between the EU and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN); therefore, at their 22nd ministerial meeting in Brussels, 21 January 2019, they agreed to...
Deep in Denial
When the head of the WTO says trade does not impact the environment we should all be worried.
Planting the forest at the root of the EU-Indonesia trade relationship - joint paper
The European Union and Indonesia are currently negotiating a Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA). Both Parties have clear objectives for the trade deal, from increased sales in machinery and transport equipment, to...
Trade agreements and transparency: under construction – VPA update, December 2018
Illegal logging and the illicit timber trade thrive when legal frameworks, rights and benefits are unclear and complex to enforce. Transparency is therefore at the heart of Voluntary Partnership Agreements (VPAs) and over the last...
Forests and forest people in EU Free Trade Agreements
The EU has made strong commitments to mitigate climate change, stop deforestation and respect human rights, including community rights to land. The trade agreements the EU is currently negotiating with highly forested countries...
A solid starting point for sustainability and an EU-Indonesia FTA
The draft interim report of the Sustainability Impact Assessment (SIA) for the EU-Indonesia Free Trade negotiations (FW 237) places a strong emphasis on the lessons to be learned from the Forest Law Enforcement Governance and...
How to stop trade agreements from damaging forests and peoples' rights
The EU has made strong commitments to mitigate climate change, stop deforestation and respect human rights, including community rights to land. But they are at risk being undermined by trade agreements the EU is currently...
Will Indonesia’s Sustainability Impact Assessment inform trade negotiations?
On 5 June 2018, the European Commission organised a civil society dialogue to discuss the upcoming Sustainability Impact Assessments (SIAs) that are intended to inform EU trade negotiations with Indonesia, Malaysia and the...