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EU consumption of soy and deforestation
Soy is the second largest agricultural driver of deforestation after cattle products (with agriculture responsible for about 70 per cent of all deforestation). According to a 2013 study for the European Commission, soy expansion...
Agriculture and deforestation - Summary Report
The EU Common Agricultural Policy, soy, and forest destructionProposals for reform - SUMMARYThe biggest cause of forest loss – accounting for around 70 per cent – is agricultural deforestation, notably for beef, soy, palm oil and...
Agriculture and deforestation
This page presents our report on the link between the EU Common Agricultural Policy, soy, and forest destruction. To know more about the broader links between agriculture and deforestation, please visit 'What are the causes of...
Mexican community forest constitution
This is a typical constitution for a community forest in Mexico. It is the central document setting out how the community governs itself and its land and resources. It covers issues such as:How the community assembly takes...
The EU’s hunger for soy is causing destruction in Brazil. Here’s how it can be stopped.
Delegates from across the world are gathering in Brasilia this week for the Annual General Assembly of the Tropical Forest Alliance 2020, a global coalition of governments, NGOs and companies, who aim to tackle the destruction of...
MEPs vote in favour of Own Initiative Report on Palm Oil and Deforestation of Rainforests
Today, 4 April 2017, the European Parliament adopted the Environment Committee’s Own Initiative Report on Palm Oil and Tropical Deforestation. 640 MEPs were in favour, 18 against and 28 abstained from voting.
The Report builds on...
Bioenergy sustainability: parliament engages in tug-of-war over competence
The Renewable Energy Directive (RED II) is presently being updated under the competence of the European Parliaments’ Industry, Research and Energy Committee (ITRE). In recognition of the fact that use of biomass for energy can...
Companies need governments to stop deforestation
The world’s forests are still being destroyed to make way for industrial-scale agriculture despite many companies pledging to eliminate deforestation from supply chains for products, such as palm oil, timber, cocoa and rubber. A...
Finnish LULUCF proposal proves contentious
Experts and NGOs have challenged Finland’s blunt, controversial proposal that would allow countries to ignore carbon dioxide emissions from increased wood harvesting, thereby undermining the Commission’s original LULUCF proposal...
FAO sends out the wrong message on international forests day
More than 40 NGOs, including Fern, expressed dismay at the message that “wood is the fuel of the future”, which the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) chose as its theme for the International Day of Forests on...