On October 18, European NGOs and networks, including Fern, sent an open letter to the Permanent Representation of Austria, on the occasion of the Austrian presidency, to make recommendations on the EU's upcoming protein plan. They include:
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.
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 timber.