The EU’s trade and investment agenda contributes to global forest loss. Demand for commodities grown on recently deforested land, low import tariffs, and inadequate environmental and social safeguards drive deforestation and undermine community rights. The EU is negotiating Free Trade Agreements with forested countries such as Indonesia, the Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand, Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay. The only way to ensure these agreements respect human rights and meet forest protection goals is to include sufficient safeguards and negotiate them in an open, transparent and inclusive manner.
Fern is working with NGOs, policy makers and scientists to achieve an EU trade policy that protects forests, respects forest peoples' rights and supports global climate objectives.