The EU Commission considers next steps to tackle deforestation and illegal logging

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.

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Oil palm conversion in a planned National Park in Sarawak, Malaysia

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

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