Keep calm and COP out: 26th UN Climate Conference offers promises instead of action
Many were alarmed by the last-minute wording change at COP26 on phasing coal ‘down’ rather than phasing it ‘out’. But the discussions on forests also need careful scrutinising.
Landmark EU anti-deforestation law proposal could clean up supply chains; could it also reduce global deforestation?
The European Commission’s proposed EU law to restrict products linked to deforestation from entering the EU is a watershed moment in the battle to end Europe’s major role in destroying the world’s forests. After decades of...
Forest Strategy gives EU mandate to start healing Europe’s forests
Despite fierce lobbying from some Member States, the European Council today gave a green light for efforts to start protecting Europe’s forests. The Council adopted Conclusions on the EU Forest Strategy which gives the EU Commission the mandate to move ahead on the Strategy’s positive measures, notably a new regulation on Forest Observation, Reporting and Data Collection, which would allow for a better understanding of forest management and climate change impacts in managed forests.
News, NGO statements
NGO recommendations on deforestation regulation
A group of 55+ NGOs wrote to Executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans and Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries Virginius Sinkevičius regarding the forthcoming proposal for EU legislation to regulate the placing on the EU market of commodities and products associated with deforestation and forest degradation.
Good COP/Bad COP: What does the Glasgow Leaders’ Declaration on Forests and Land Use really mean?
The Declaration is a positive step; let’s hope this time they mean it.
EU deforestation regulation risks being weak on enforcement and scope of commodities
A toothless regulation would tick a box but achieve little.
Blogs, Forest watch
GUEST BLOG: Finland could reap big rewards from EU forestry decisions
By Liisa Toopakka, campaigner at the Finnish Association for Nature Conservation
Biomass: new, troubling data on use and subsidies in the EU
Biomass remains a false solution to an increasingly pressing climate and biodiversity crisis.
FLEGT VPA paved the way for the US-Vietnam Timber Agreement
A US-Vietnam agreement underscores FLEGT’s broad impact
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...