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Cocoa Barometer 2020 demands system change to end cocoa poverty
After two decades of failed interventions across the cocoa sector, cocoa-farming communities are still battling the effects of poverty, child labour and deforestation. The 2020 Cocoa Barometer report launched 1 December 2020 is a...
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...
The power of land rights: why Peru's forest communities have lessons for us all
When Indigenous and forest communities have their right to land enshrined in law there are lower rates of deforestation. The Boca Pariamanu community in Peru is a clear example of the positive knock-on effects. That is why...
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The European Parliament takes a bold stance on legislation to tackle imported deforestation
On 22 October 2020, the European Parliament sent a strong signal to the European Commission by adopting MEP Delara Burckhardt’s report, ‘An EU legal framework to halt and reverse EU-driven global deforestation’, in plenary.
Getting the incentives right
Why partnership agreements should be at the heart of EU efforts to end deforestation
Converting forest land for agricultural crops is the main cause of tropical deforestation. The EU is a major importer of forest risk...
3 reasons land tenure is vital for forests, people and the planet
Indigenous land rights are essential to reduce deforestation, fight climate change and build resilient forests and communities. In fact, lands own or managed by Indigenous Peoples or local communities, hold over 36% of intact...
Enforcing due diligence legislation ‘plus’
Our latest policy analysis on how to end EU imports of Forest Risk Commodities looks at the type of regulation the Commission should adopt to halt and reverse global deforestation and how it could be enforced.
The report draws...
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...
Raising the ambition on global aspects of the EU Farm to Fork Strategy
The Farm to Fork Strategy includes a section on the external dimension entitled “Promoting the Global Transition”. The attention for the external dimension is crucial not only because the challenges the Strategy is seeking to...
Tackling deforestation through EU due diligence: lessons and proposals from Brazil
The webinar discussed how to trace Brazilian agricultural exports to the EU and how a deforestation and land rights observatory could help EU companies perform due diligence to remove deforestation and human rights violations from...