Publications & Insight
The EU’s 'stolen goods'
Recently, we have seen the emergence of a grave new threat: Tropical forests are now being destroyed not so much for their timber, but to make way for commercial agriculture — driven by the insatiable demand of the “global north” for products such as palm oil, beef and soy. The consequences, both for the fight against climate change and for forest-dependent communities, are catastrophic.
Stolen Goods: The EU’s complicity in illegal tropical deforestation
Previous studies commissioned by the EU have shown that the EU has been leading the world in imports of ‘embodied deforestation’ in the form of agricultural and timber products. This study goes a step further, by showing that the...
EU a Global Leader in Consumption of Goods from Illegally Deforested Land Valued at EUR 6 Billion Annually
Released at the same time as Fern's new report Stolen Goods, this press release reveals that almost a quarter of the world trade in agricultural goods produced on land illegally cleared of forest is destined for the EU; the...
EU consumption and illegal deforestation
Half of all tropical deforestation since 2000 has been caused by illegal clearance of forests for commercial agriculture. This briefing is a summary of Fern’s new study "Stolen Goods", which reveals that the EU is one of the...
Report - Protecting Forests, Respecting Rights
Options for EU action on deforestation and forest degradation
Europe's hidden hand in deforestation
Through imports of agricultural commodities, EU countries are collectively the biggest cause of deforestation worldwide
Joint NGO call to the EU to develop an Action Plan on deforestation and forest degradation
The EU’s 2013 ‘Forest Footprint’ study revealed how the bloc leads the industrialised world in driving global deforestation. The EU was the largest net importer of embodied deforestation between 1990 and 2008, significantly ahead...