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In-Depth Analysis: How can international trade contribute to sustainable forestry and the preservation of the world’s forests through the Green Deal?

26.10.2020

In-Depth Analysis: How can international trade contribute to sustainable forestry and the preservation of the world’s forests through the Green Deal?

Source: Policy Department, Directorate-General for External Policies (EP)

High deforestation rates, particularly in tropical areas, remain a pressing concern for the international community, given their impacts on the global climate and the loss of biodiversity. The EU has committed to promoting sustainable forest management both domestically and internationally. However, efforts so far have concentrated on promoting the legality of trade in timber and timber products, via policy instruments such as FLEGT and the EU Timber Regulation. EU trade policy could be employed more systematically to promote sustainable forestry and deforestation-free value chains. The report proposes eleven measures to this end, both at the unilateral, bilateral and multilateral level, that inter alia combine market access incentives on the part of consumer markets such as the EU with obligations to promote principles of sustainable production on the part of producer countries.

Copy of the In-Depth Analysis is available HERE.