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.
Trade related resources
What comes first with the EU-Vietnam trade deal, rights or ratification?
Guest Blog: Campaigner Lindsay Duffield explains some of the challenges ahead to make sure the EU-Vietnam trade agreement doesn‘t undermine human rights or climate change commitments.
Five EU forest trends to watch out for in 2020
In 2019, forests and forest peoples’ rights rose up the global political – and spiritual - agenda, and the EU made high profile commitments to protect forests abroad and at home as part of their European Green Deal. But will 2020 see such commitments turned into action? Here are five questions we hope to give positive answers to at the end of the year.
Europeans must face their own role in the destruction of the Amazon
Images of the Amazon burning have caused global alarm. They have also, say observers, triggered a response unparalleled in the history of the politics around climate change: the setting of international red lines on environmental destruction.
NGOs call for new laws to end the EU’s complicity in Amazon fires
Twenty-six NGOs, have urged European Institutions to end European complicity in the fires raging in the Amazon by passing tough new laws guaranteeing that products sold in the EU are free from deforestation and human rights abuses. The NGOs, which include Fern, Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth Europe, Global Witness, also outline how EU Member States have helped fuel the current crisis through their extensive imports of soy and beef.