The EU’s trade challenge
The international trading system is facing a crisis – but protectionism isn’t the biggest test EU leaders must deal with.
Why the EU must follow France’s lead in the battle to protect forests
As the clocks strike midnight on 31 December 2018, those fighting to protect the Amazon Rainforests may not be cheering too loudly. The next day, Jair Bolsonaro will take office as Brazil’s new president. Amazonian deforestation...
Vietnam VPA provides framework to improve forest governance
After eight years of negotiation, on 19 October 2018, Vietnam and the EU signed a Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) to promote trade in legal timber and improve forest governance. This trade deal has the potential to offer...
A sustainable bioeconomy for Europe?
In October 2018, six years after it was first released, the EU published its updated bioeconomy strategy. The strategy targets “all sectors and systems that rely on biological resources”, and aims to encourage healthy ecosystems,...
Governments acknowledge urgency of halting deforestation
The EU must act by year’s end to address deforestation caused by Europeans’ consumption of products like palm oil, soy, and cocoa. This was the point underscored by the governments of Germany, France, the UK, Denmark, the...
Brazzaville Forest Governance Forum states: Time to listen to local communities
In order to halt deforestation and protect the climate, communities must have a say in how forests are managed; and activities involving forests must not threaten the livelihoods of those who depend on those vital resources....
Pressure mounts on EU to act as France calls for action on deforestation
Brussels – The French government has just published a new national strategy to combat the deforestation caused by its imports of soy, palm oil, beef, cocoa and wood. They have set themselves the target of ending so-called...
The Dark Side of the Bioeconomy: Climate Catastrophe, Forest Destruction, and Human Rights Abuses
Over 115 Organisations from 40 countries hold day of action to reject the “BioFuture Platform”.
An international coalition of more than 120 organisations from 40 countries today warns that the rapid global growth of the so-called...
What Europe can do if Bolsonaro attacks the Amazon
The views of the man on the brink of leading the planet’s fourth largest democracy have attracted global notoriety since his shock victory in Brazil’s first-round presidential election earlier this month.
Jair Bolsonaro would...