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...
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...
NGOs are concerned that EU anti-deforestation regulation would largely fail to address deforestation in Brazil
A group of NGOs shared their concerns about the upcoming EU legislation on forest and other ecosystem-risk commodities. If the regulation leaves out key high-risk cattle products, such as processed beef and hides, and excludes the...
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
UK due diligence proposals: The people have spoken
On 5 October 2020 the UK government closed its first round of consultation on a proposed law designed to prevent forests and other important natural areas from being illegally converted into agricultural land (FW 258). This...
As Amazon deforestation rises, Europe resolves to act
Brazil has entered uncertain times.
Two health ministers and the Justice Minister have resigned within the last month, throwing President Jair Bolsonaro’s government into disarray, as opposition to his reckless response to...
As the Amazon burns and global deforestation accelerates, only unified international action can save the world’s forests
Tropical forests are likely to grab headlines today when Jair Bolsonaro addresses the United Nations’ General Assembly in New York.
In early September, just before a hernia operation, Brazil’s President told reporters, “I will...
Europeans must face their own role in the destruction of the Amazon
Images of the Amazon burning have caused global alarm. They have also, say observers, triggered a response unparalleled in the history of the politics around climate change: the setting of international red lines on environmental destruction.