On 30 March 2015, Fern hosted a conference looking at how to develop an EU Action Plan on Deforestation. This is important as the EU's consumption of agricultural commodities and timber has resulted in the destruction of at least 9 million hectares of forest, equivalent to the size of Ireland, over the period 1990 - 2008.
In June 2013 the European Parliament and Member States agreed to assess the environmental impact of EU consumption of food and non-food commodities and to develop policy proposals, including potentially an EU action plan on deforestation and forest degradation. This conference aimed to inform the development of this EU action plan. It was hosted by MEPs Catherine Bearder, Paul Brannen and Yannick Jadot.
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David Kaimowitz (Director of Sustainable Development, Ford Foundation) introduced the conference, his presentation is available below:
Highlights of the conference are available here:
Interviews with participants after the event included discussions around what the EU should do next: