Publications & Insight
Shining light on a destructive industry
Cattle ranching is the biggest driver of illegal deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon. As the EU looks to revive the Mercosur trade deal - meaning more beef from the region will end up on Europeans’ plates - Paulo Barreto...
Why the EU Deforestation Regulation won’t sugar coat the EU-Mercosur Trade Agreement
In June 2019, after more than 20 years of tortuous negotiations, a bilateral trade agreement was agreed between the European Union (EU) and the Mercosur bloc of nations - Brazil, Paraguay, Argentina and Uruguay (European Union...
What do Brazil’s election results mean for forests, rights and future EU-Brazil Partnerships?
Brazil has elected Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva as its new President and the importance this has for the fate of the Amazon and the Peoples’ that live there, cannot be overstated.
To discuss what the election results...
Forest Governance 5 - June 2022
Fern’s partners in Ghana, Liberia, the Congo Basin and Brazil share their opposing views on the effect the EU Regulation on deforestation-free products
EU Deforestation Regulation must follow international land and tenure rights standards
The European Union (EU) is the second biggest market for Brazilian soy, and a major importer of Brazilian beef and leather. These goods fuel deforestation – much of illegal – in Brazil. For example, cattle ranching in the...
A Deforestation and Rights Observatory
A case study from Brazil
How the European Union can best integrate deforestation and rights violations data in its regulatory proposals
What can the EU Forest and Rights Observatory learn from Brazil?
An EU Forest Observatory could play an important role in monitoring deforestation, human rights violations, and land use in supply chains of products and commodities such as soybeans and beef.
This summary report looks at what can be learnt from Brazil’s efforts and concludes with recommendations for the EU, including how to enforce the future Regulation on deforestation-free products.
The EU Observatory's role in tackling global deforestation and human rights violations
What we can learn from Brazil
Commission’s proposed new Regulation means deforestation-free products may soon be on the cards
Some provisions in the Commission’s proposed Regulation on deforestation-free products must be strengthened, but its arrival is cause for celebration.
News, NGO Statements
NGOs are alarmed that EU anti-deforestation law could let soy-driven forest destruction off the hook
In a letter, a coalition of NGOs urged the EU Commission to ensure that all soy imports, including soybean cake and soy-protein concentrate (SPC), and those produced through the conversion of savannahs, are included in the scope...