Unsustainable and Ineffective: Why EU Forest Biomass Standards won't stop destruction
There has been intense criticism of the European Union (EU) Renewable Energy Directive (RED) for leading to adverse impacts on forests in Europe and beyond. To tackle these concerns, the EU developed sustainability criteria that...
Putting the Environment in Human Rights and Environmental Due Diligence
Ensuring corporate accountability for environmental impacts
in the upcoming EU directive on sustainable corporate governance
NGO recommendations on the future EU Regulation to address the forest, ecosystem, and human rights impacts associated with products placed on the EU market
The European Commission has committed to publish, in June 2021, a legislative proposal to minimise the risk of deforestation and forest degradation associated with products placed on the European Union (EU) market. This briefing...
Raising the bar: Strengthening EU biodiversity and climate leadership through FLEGT and Forest Partnerships
This statement summarises the views of civil society organisations (CSOs) from Asia and the Pacific, the Americas, Europe, and West and Central Africa. These organisations help address the key challenges threatening forests around...
To benefit people, biodiversity and the climate, EU development programmes must heed local voices
The EU is the world’s largest aid donor and a major political actor with a strong influence over global policies. The EU recognises civil society as an essential actor in policy making and implementation, specifically in the...
Analysis on biomass in National Energy and Climate Plans
The European Union relies heavily on burning forest biomass to achieve its renewable energy targets. This destructive burning has doubled since the early 2000s and has already surpassed projected levels. Half of all harvested wood...
How bioenergy harms biodiversity: the facts
Intensive forest management is having devastating impacts on wildlife and biodiversity in the EU. This has increased since bioenergy was incentivised as a renewable form of energy under the Renewable Energy Directive. Scientists,...
How can NDCs contribute to forest governance and resilient local communities?
Five ways the EU can ensure forests support EU climate and biodiversity goals
To tackle the climate crisis, EU land and forests need to absorb more carbon dioxide, but the opposite is happening. EU forest health and biodiversity is declining, even in EU forests protected by legislation. Half of all the wood...