EC launches public consultation on deforestation and forest degradation
The European Commission is inviting individuals and organisations with an interest in deforestation and forest degradation to respond to its public consultation here.
The EU initiative – running from 14 January to 25 February 2019 – is a response to the persistence of the issue of global deforestation and the increasing awareness of the link between deforestation and agricultural expansion.
The EU, as a major importer of agricultural commodities, is part of the problem but can also be part of the solution. The overall objective is to step up EU action against tropical deforestation and forest degradation by developing a more coherent and comprehensive approach to the problem.
The consultation seeks to increase the coherence of existing EU policies and tools, taking full advantage of synergies across policy areas and better mainstreaming deforestation considerations throughout relevant EU policies.
The initiative aims to help better implement and communicate actions already undertaken by the EU and its Member States, support existing commitments by governments and the private sector, promote collaboration and the exchange of good practices, and raise awareness.
The initiative may include actions to address, in an integrated and mutually supportive manner, demand and supply dimensions to promote sustainable value chains, the role of finance and investments, and information, transparency, traceability and monitoring of the supply chain, EU consumption and the financial sector.
As part of this process, a consultation of stakeholders is being carried out to gather information and views on potential EU action against deforestation and forest degradation to achieve the abovementioned objectives.
To fill the online questionnaire, click here