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
A solid starting point for sustainability and an EU-Indonesia FTA
The draft interim report of the Sustainability Impact Assessment (SIA) for the EU-Indonesia Free Trade negotiations (FW 237) places a strong emphasis...
The EU-Japan Free Trade Deal: a threat to the fight against illegal timber?
The Japan-EU Free Trade Agreement is likely to boost incentives for illegal or unsustainable practices in many countries where Japan sources its timber and wood products. It could also sabotage the EU’s own fight against illegal...
Fern welcomes European Parliament call for bold action on forests
Fern welcomes a new report from the European Parliament (EP) on “natural resource management, the case of forests”. Championed by the EP’s Vice President Heidi Hautala and members of its...