Publications & Insight
EU Law on deforestation: Key land rights risk being ignored in DG Environment’s proposal
Only one of two important upcoming legislative initiatives is expected to integrate human rights. Both must.
What are the causes of deforestation?
Eighty per cent of global forest loss is due to the conversion of forest to agricultural land to produce socalled ‘forest risk commodities’, such as beef, soya and palm oil, which are largely exported.
Response to the Forest Strategy consultation - A world of strong and healthy forests
Ursula von der Leyen is the first European Union (EU) Commission President to publicly recognise how important forests are to life on our planet. But with the climate crisis and biodiversity collapse looming, time is short to turn...
Enforcing a Due Diligence based regulation for forest risk commodities
Event based on the report, Enforcing due diligence legislation ‘plus’
On 23 July 2019, the European Commission adopted a Communication on Stepping up EU Action to Protect and Restore the World’s Forests. Reducing...
Corporate due diligence: We are all concerned
A French civil court reminds us that the EU must prioritise a broad, enforceable approach to due diligence because society as a whole is affected.
Legal Affairs Committee adopts corporate due diligence report
On 27 January 2021, Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) on the European Parliament’s Committee on Legal Affairs (JURI Committee) voted 34 to 3 to adopt a milestone legislative report on corporate due diligence. The truly...
News, Events, Forest watch
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...
News, Forest watch
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.