Trade between the EU and countries that produce timber and forest risk commodities contributes to global forest loss and undermines community rights. Low import tariffs raise demand for leather, palm oil, beef and other products grown and raised on deforested land. Such destruction is enabled by inadequate environmental and social safeguards.
The EU is negotiating Free Trade Agreements with Indonesia, the Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand, Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay - all forested countries with high levels of biodiversity. Fern is working to ensure EU trade and investment policies are negotiated in a transparent and inclusive manner, respect human rights and help meet forest protection and climate objectives. We work with NGO coalitions to keep track of Free Trade Agreements and ensure they won’t have a negative effect on forests.
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Compelling new evidence shows the EU’s entanglement with illegal deforestation for soy and cattle farming in Brazil
Since taking office in January 2019, President Jair Bolsonaro has waged a relentless campaign against Brazil’s environmental laws and the rights of its Indigenous Peoples.
This assault helped paved the way for the fires that tore...
European Ombudsman: Commission must answer questions over failure to consider environmental, social impacts of South American trade deal
The European Ombudsman has opened an inquiry into the EU Commission’s trade agreement with the ‘Mercosur’ group of South American countries.
This follows a complaint from several NGOs alleging that the Commission ignored its...
Bolsonaro’s Brazil: A Pariah State?
Time overdue for the EU to end its role in Brazil’s environmental and social crimes
The EU-Mercosur trade agreement: What is it, and what could it mean for forests and human rights?
In June 2019 the European Union (EU) and Mercosur (Brazil, Paraguay, Argentina and Uruguay) announced that they had reached an ‘in principle’ agreement on the content of a bilateral trade agreement which they had been negotiating,...