Publications & Insight
Op ed from Swedish NGOs about the EU's law to tackle deforestation
The European Parliament and Council are currently debating changes to the Commission’s proposal for a Deforestation-free products regulation. Swedish NGOs originally published this article in the Swedish Media to call out the negative role that their country is playing, weakening the regulation and urging them to unite with other Member States in the fight against global deforestation and forest degradation.
NGO letter calling for EU Strategy on supply-side measures to complement the EU Regulation on deforestation-free products
On Friday 22 April 2022, a group of NGOs including Fern wrote to Ministers of Foreign Affairs and International Development and Cooperation, Ministers of the Environment, and Ministers of Agriculture of the Members States of the...
News, Briefing Notes
Fern’s analysis of the European Parliament's rapporteur's draft position on the EU Regulation on deforestation-free products
On 24 March 2022, the EP rapporteur Luxembourgish Member of the European Parliament (MEP) Christophe Hansen of the centre-right European People’s Party (EPP) released his draft report on the proposed EU Regulation on deforestation-free products. This short document is a follow up of Fern’s rapid assessment of the Commission’s proposal.
News, Forest Watch
Parliament report on the Regulation on deforestation-free products takes on some concerns of producer country smallholders and NGOs
Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have listened to some of the concerns about the Regulation, but key requests, such as a fair price, remain in suspense.
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.
Open letter calling on the UK government to ensure new laws on addressing deforestation cover all commodities
The UK Government has shown leadership on forests and land use at COP26, and in setting out a clear commitment to reduce the UK’s global deforestation footprint, as recommended by the independent Global Resource Initiative...
5 loopholes in the EU deforestation regulation
The video is available above in different languages.
This new video explains the EU’s proposed new Regulation on deforestation-free products, which aims to reduce the risk that products on the EU market have caused forest...
News, NGO Statements
Rights-based NGOs urge the EU to ensure a smallholder-inclusive Regulation on deforestation-free products
Fern and four other NGOs have joined together to call on the European Parliament and Council to consider key recommendations for a just transition for smallholders, as part of the proposed EU Regulation on deforestation-free products.
Blogs, Forest Watch
Corporate Due Diligence proposal could improve access to justice, but contains fundamental weaknesses
Under the long-awaited proposed Due Diligence Directive, the majority of EU companies need not change a thing.