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.
Between 1990-2008, 80 per cent of deforestation was caused by commodity-driven expansion of commercial agriculture, and the European Union was the leading importer of these forest-risk commodities (‘FRCs’), which include palm oil, beef and leather, soy, cocoa, and timber.
Climate ambition that safeguards land rights, biodiversity and food
This report provides an overview and analysis of the means by which a number of “global public bads” associated with international trade have been addressed.
This rapid scoping of the Food and Agricultural Organisation Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure (VGGT) sought the views of different organisations, individuals and activists on the usefulness of the guidelines for promoting forest tenure reform in support of secure commu
This report looks at the European Union (EU) Circular Economy Action Plan, presented in December 2015 by the European Commission (EC) as the Communication “Closing the loop - An EU Action Plan for the Circular Economy”.
In recent years, a growing body of evidence has shown how large scale agricultural companies are driving land grabs and deforestation in the tropics. This report is a contribution to the debate on how to tackle these issues.