The EU Observatory's role in tackling global deforestation and human rights violations

18 November 2021

The EU Observatory's role in tackling global deforestation and human rights violations

A webinar based on new 'EU Forest and Rights Observatory: a case study from Brazil' report


Wednesday 15 December, 15:00-17:00 (CET - Brussels time)

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Interpretation will be available in English and Portuguese. 


On 17 November, after decades of trusting companies to tackle the problem voluntarily, the European Commission proposed a Regulation on deforestation-free products which aims to restrict products linked to deforestation from entering the EU.

As part of its fight against deforestation, the EU also intends to create a Forest Observatory that will focus “on deforestation, forest degradation, changes in the world’s forest cover, and associated drivers. The objective is to facilitate access to information on supply chains for public entities, consumers and businesses."

The proposed Regulation is a watershed moment in the battle to end Europe’s major role in destroying the world’s forests, but will it and the EU Observatory be strong enough to protect forests and the rights of people living in them?

That is what the webinar will consider. 

Starting with the Commission presenting the Regulation, the webinar will also discuss forest and human rights monitoring systems in Brazil to understand whether or how these could inform ongoing EU initiatives.


  • Introduction of the new Regulation on deforestation-free products
    Hugo Maria Schally, Head of the Multilateral Environmental Cooperation Unit, DG Environment, European Commission
  • Piloting deforestation and degradation monitoring
    - Frédéric Achard, Joint Research Center,European Commission
  • Presentation of the new report, 'EU Forest and Rights Observatory: a case study from Brazil'
    Nicole Polsterer, Sustainable Consumption and Production Campaigner, Fern
  • MapBiomas: reflections on law and monitoring in Brazil
    Tasso Azevedo, a forest engineer, the General Coordinator of the SEEG Network and Coordinator of the MapBiomas platform
  • Need for legality and human rights monitoring in Brazil
    - Adriana Ramos, Coordinator of the Policy and Law Program of the Instituto Socioambiental (ISA)
  • Reflections on presentations
    - Peter May and Saskia Ozinga, co-authors of the 'EU Forest and Rights Observatory: a case study from Brazil' report
  • Discussion and Q&A


Categories: Sustainable Supply Chains, Brazil

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