Criminal law left in limbo as illegal clearances continue in Argentina
Tuesday, October 17th, 2017
A proposed law that would introduce criminal penalties for illegal deforestation in Argentina is being deliberately held up by government officials, Greenpeace has claimed, while the NGO’s latest monitoring report records more than 19,000 hectares of illegal clearance between January and June 2017.
Climate policy expert calls on EU to act on “imported deforestation”
Thursday, September 28th, 2017
The former head of UN climate negotiations has used a speech in Brussels to demand the EU acts to stop its agricultural imports driving global deforestation.
EU deforestation conference considers action on Bad Ag
Friday, June 23rd, 2017
Last week, the European Commission hosted a major conference on the subject of deforestation and illegal logging. Around 250 delegates from around the world attended the meeting, at which the EU released its latest thinking on the future steps it might take to tackle these problems. Foremost among them was action to address the role the world’s largest economic bloc plays in driving legal and illegal tropical deforestation through its purchases of forest risk commodities such as beef, palm oil and soy.
Illegal deforestation and the flawed focus on corporate voluntary actions
Monday, June 12th, 2017
In a new essay, Earthsight’s Director Sam Lawson makes the case that corporate zero deforestation commitments don’t take sufficient account of illegalities and could be a dangerous distraction. He argues that those involved in pushing for, monitoring or implementing these commitments must throw their weight behind necessary actions by producer and consumer country governments