Forests, wild savannahs and other precious ecosystems are being destroyed at an alarming rate.
And, whether you’re aware of it or not, the milk in your cappuccino, the chocolate in your cookies, the roast chicken you eat on Sundays, and many more of your favourite meals, are fueling this destruction.
Just in 2017, the EU was responsible for 16% of deforestation associated with international trade, totalling 203,000 hectares and 116 million tonnes of CO2.
Because legal does not always mean sustainable. And, until EU supply chains become fully sustainable, forests will continue to disappear, and people in producing countries from Latin America, Africa and Asia will be paying the price.
What can you do? Join the #Together4Forests movement!
What happened so far?
According to the European Commission’s proposal, this new EU Deforestation law would require all products being placed on the EU market to be genuinely sustainable
- By December 2020, 1.2 million people demanded a strong, new EU law to preserve the world’s forests and other ecosystems and those depending on them
- By November 2021, a new EU Deforestation law was proposed by the European Commission
- By November 2021, 78 European companies also support this law
- By March 2022, 53,000+ people sent letters to ministers across Europe asking them to close loopholes in the EU Deforestation law
(i.e. free from deforestation and forest degradation) in addition to being legal by the producing country’s standards. All products should be traceable to their place of origin, and when it comes to enforcing the law across the EU, fines must be proportional to the environmental damage caused and its value and stringent checks and controls be carried out in the EU Member States.
However, there are several loopholes which have to be closed so that this law does not become a paper tiger. Both the EU Member States and the European Parliament are currently deciding how ambitious the law will be when it is adopted.
To strengthen the EU Deforestation law, so that it can have a truly positive impact on both nature and people
, human rights are taken into consideration.The scope has also been expanded beyond forests, including other natural ecosystems such grasslands, savannahs and wetlands. The list of commodities now includes rubber, maize and other livestock (e.g poultry), besides palm oil, soy, cocoa, coffee and beef as well as all wood products. And the law should apply to all companies in the same way to create a level playing field - no matter where these companies source from.
What is happening now in the Council and European Parliament?
What’s next in #Together4Forests?
- MEPs in the Environment Committee of the European Parliament have sent in their proposals for changes (amendments) to the EC proposal. These will be discussed and agreed upon between now and the vote in the Committee on the 11/12 July. A vote on the final text in plenary is scheduled for the week of September 12.
- In parallel, environment ministers are discussing key elements of the law and the next Environment Council meeting will be held on 28 June.
We are preparing the next campaign push targeting MEPs, to make sure that the law will not be watered down. Stay tuned! We still need your help to make sure forests are heard!