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Protect and restore the world’s forests

A WORLD FULL OF FORESTS

Forests are indispensable. They cover 30 percent of the earth’s land area and host 80 percent of the world’s land-based species. Forests provide us with fresh water and oxygen, and are essential for regulating the global climate. We want a world with forests, where we can all breathe and enjoy nature as it should be - unspoiled.

BUT DEFORESTATION IS STILL HAPPENING

Forests are being devastated at an alarming rate. Every year, we lose an area of forest about the size of Greece. The main reason is the expansion of agriculture. The EU is responsible for around 10 percent of global deforestation through its consumption of products like soya, beef, palm oil and cocoa.

Help us to stop EU-driven deforestation

Send an email to Commission Vice-President Timmermans and Commissioner Sinkevičius!

HOW TO SAVE OUR FORESTS: KEY DEMANDS

  • We need healthy forests for our planet’s health and for our own survival. To achieve this, we must stop deforestation now and restore already degraded forests, in the EU and globally.
  • The EU must introduce new legislation that stops products linked to the destruction of forests and other ecosystems from ending up on our supermarket shelves.
  • Under this legislation, companies must not be able to sell commodities on the EU market if these come from land where natural forests or other ecosystems have been destroyed or degraded, and where their production impacts the rights of indigenous communities.
  • To comply with this legislation, operators must be obliged to follow so-called due diligence procedures, meaning they must identify, prevent and mitigate harm across the entire value chain.
  • Besides this new law, more measures are needed to protect and restore forests and to tackle the drivers of forest destruction, such as illegal logging and the excessive consumption of meat and dairy products and bioenergy.

OUR CAMPAIGN ACTIVITIES

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Press release |

European Parliament strengthens Commission's proposal on LULUCF

Members of the European Parliament have adopted the Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry (LULUCF). The way we use land must be sustainable for both the climate and nature. Climate resilience in land use is key to building a carbon-neutral economy and achieving carbon negativity, to manage the climate crisis.
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Sunset over the Carpathian Mountains, Ukraine
Opinion |

A law to heal our forests: why we need to restore nature now

Ville Niinistö Jutta Paulus
Opinion by Ville Niinistö & Jutta Paulus
The European Commission proposed a new EU Nature Restoration Law to protect nature and ecosystems. But the new law is under attack. Read why here.
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Letter |

Call for a strong and ambitious EU Regulation on nature protection

Given the recent developments and the interventions of several stakeholders, the undersigned MEPs are reiterating their call for a strong and ambitious EU Regulation on nature restoration. They welcome the Commission’s efforts to establish legally binding obligations on EU member states, spanning the period until 2050. In their view, thes…
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Press release |

Commission proposal welcome but more needed to protect ecosystems & human rights

The Commission published its legislative proposal on reducing the risks of deforestation and forest degradation associated with all products on the EU market. The proposal is part of the package on soil, waste shipment and deforestation and it will require companies to ensure that their products sold in the EU do not come from areas where…
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Opinion |

New EU deforestation law could fail to protect our precious ecosystems

Anna Cavazzini Rosa D’Amato Anna Deparnay-Grunenberg Heidi Hautala Tilly Metz Ville Niinistö Grace O'Sullivan Marie Toussaint
Opinion by Anna Cavazzini & Rosa D’Amato & Anna Deparnay-Grunenberg & Heidi Hautala & Tilly Metz & Ville Niinistö & Grace O'Sullivan & Marie Toussaint
The Commission just adopted a proposal to stop deforestation. But this new deforestation law is all bark and no bite. It continues to threaten biodiversity and ecosystems worldwide, and EU products continue to be complicit in environmental destruction.
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Deforestation in the Amazon/ Ana_Cotta S.O.S Amazônia/ Flickr CC BY 2.0
Deforestation in the Amazon/ Ana_Cotta S.O.S Amazônia/ Flickr CC BY 2.0
Opinion |

Our groceries shouldn’t cost the earth: How EU consumption causes the destruction of the rainforest

Marie Toussaint
Opinion by Marie Toussaint
A new EU law to stop Europe's complicity in global deforestation is in the pipeline. Time is running out. We need a strong law that effectively bans products linked to the destruction of forests and other ecosystems. The rainforest can’t wait any longer, writes Marie Toussaint MEP.
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Opinion |

The EU must protect its forests, not destroy them

Anna Deparnay-Grunenberg Martin Häusling Ville Niinistö Marie Toussaint
Opinion by Anna Deparnay-Grunenberg & Martin Häusling & Ville Niinistö & Marie Toussaint
As the European Union is grappling to respond to the twin crises of climate and biodiversity breakdown, one thing has become clear: we need healthy forests to protect and restore nature and the global climate.
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#SaveOurForests!

Help us to demand a strong EU law and send a letter to #EuropeanCommission Vice-President #Timmermans and Commissioner #Sinkevičius now https://act.greens-efa.eu/stop-deforestation Protect and and restore the world’s forests - Forests are being devastated at an alarming rate - not only in faraway countries but also in Ukraine where cen…