Forests and forest people in EU Free Trade Agreements
The EU has made strong commitments to mitigate climate change, stop deforestation and respect human rights, including community rights to land. The trade agreements the EU is currently negotiating with highly forested countries risk, however, undermining these commitments. They do not yet contain sufficient provisions or enforcement mechanisms to prevent forest loss, mitigate climate change and halt human rights abuses. This discussion paper proposes ways to address this.