Keeping forests standing and restoring ecosystems is essential if the world is to meet biodiversity objectives and the Paris Agreement goal of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees. 

The EU will be an important player and has already made commitments to halt deforestation by 2020, and look into developing an EU Action Plan on Deforestation. To meet these commitments the EU must support activities to improve forest governance, clarify land use, and recognise and strengthen community tenure rights over forest land.

Fern is working with scientists, academics, decision makers and NGOs to look at the elements that should make up any action plan to Protect Forests and Respect Rights. We facilitate a network of NGOs calling for an EU Action Plan on Deforestation and look at ways such an action plan could learn from previous initiatives such as Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT).

Key publications
Read Tackling deforestation and forest degradation: a case for EU action in 2017 for an outline of a group of NGOs' visions for an Action Plan to Protect Forests and Protect Rights. For more information on the EU's role in global deforestation see: Protecting Forests, Respecting Rights: Options for EU Action on deforestation and forest degradation. For an insight into the activities which must be supported by the EU in order to meet its commitments to halt deforestation, see: Recommendations for an EU Action Plan to Protect Forests and Respect Rights.
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