Publications & Insight
Bolsonaro under scrutiny in The Hague for crimes against humanity, genocide and possibly ecocide
Jair Bolsonaro is finally facing global opposition to the destruction he has wrought, so why is the EU still considering signing the Mercosur trade deal?
Fern position on the EU-Mercosur agreement
This EU-Mercosur Free Trade Agreement will increase trade in the agricultural products that are the main drivers of deforestation in South America. This is opposite of what needs to happen for the EU to achieve its commitments to...
Measuring the impact of the EU-Mercosur Trade deal on land use, forests, and the people who depend on them.
Ultimately, the impacts of trade agreements reverberate in local communities, in the individual lives of women, men and children, and in the destruction of the unique areas of forest and habitats which surround them.
An activist’s guide to the EU
How does the EU impact the world and how can civil society influence EU policies?
The EU has a huge influence over the fate of the world’s forests.
Its trade deals, aid strategies, energy and climate policies, and imports of...
News, Forest watch
Can the EU-Mercosur agreement be used to stop Bolsonaro’s attack on forests and Indigenous Peoples?
Significant developments with the EU-Mercosur free trade agreement in recent weeks will reveal whether the possibility of the deal being placed in the deep-freeze is enough to unlock a change of course in Brazil.
News, Forest watch
Mercosur disarray exposes EU Trade policy weakness
Germany has at last acknowledged that the EU-Mercosur deal is toxic, joining a growing number of Member States (Austria, Belgium, France, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg) that have expressed concerns – and also revealing the...
EU-Mercosur trade deal: What does it mean for Brazil?
Brazil's environmental policies affect some of the world’s most important forests and can have a devastating effect on the traditional communities that live in and off them. This has a knock-on effect on the climate, our planet,...
European Ombudsman: Commission must answer questions over failure to consider environmental, social impacts of South American trade deal
The European Ombudsman has opened an inquiry into the EU Commission’s trade agreement with the ‘Mercosur’ group of South American countries.
This follows a complaint from several NGOs alleging that the Commission ignored its...
Bolsonaro’s Brazil: A Pariah State?
Time overdue for the EU to end its role in Brazil’s environmental and social crimes
Annual Report 2019
The world’s forests, and the rights of many who depend on them, remained under assault in 2019.
These attacks came from many directions: from the erosion of environmental and human rights protections in Brazil under President Jair Bolsonaro, to the Amazon fires; from the EU’s devastating bioenergy policy, to its raft of Free Trade Agreements with forested countries to increase our insatiable consumption of products that drive deforestation; from a lack of secure tenure rights for people depending on forests for their survival, to failures of transparency and accountability in the forest sector…