Farming is the planet’s biggest driver of deforestation, and beef and soya production the prime culprits. The lion’s share of deforestation caused by these commodities is in Latin America, and Germany’s responsibility is considerable.
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.
Since the debates around the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations and the ratification of the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade (CETA) Agreement, it has become clear that a new approach is needed for the “Trade and Sustainable Development” (TSD) chapters con