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EU Communication (2019) on Stepping up EU Action against Deforestation and Forest Degradation

On 14 December, the European Commission published a Roadmap on the EU initiative on Stepping up EU Action against Deforestation and Forest Degradation. The Roadmap sets out the context and objectives of the initiative and the foreseen consultation, and was open for feedback until 15 January 2019 via this page.

The initiative is a response to the persistence of the issue of global deforestation and the increasing awareness of the link between deforestation and agricultural expansion, as well as repeated calls from the European Parliament and the Council to take action. It recognizes that the EU, as a major importer of agricultural and forest commodities, is part of the problem but can also be part of the solution.

The overall objective of the initiative is to step up EU action against tropical deforestation and forest degradation by developing a more coherent and comprehensive approach to the problem. More details can be found in the above Roadmap.

Consultation activities

On 14 January 2019, the European Commission launched a public consultation towards an EU Communication on Stepping up EU Action against Deforestation and Forest Degradation. It was available online until 25 February 2019 on the Commission's Consultations webpage. This questionnaire gave all stakeholders, regardless of their level of expertise, the opportunity to share their views on the issue, to identify the main drivers of deforestation and forest degradation and to indicate EU policy areas and potential interventions that they consider as having the biggest potential to contribute to addressing deforestation and forest degradation.

The 995 provided contributions are available in the attached Excel table. The results have been summarized in the attached Summary Report. A more comprehensive summary report is available here. Some of the respondents provided additional input, which is available by clicking on the hyperlinks in the table below:

Additional inputs from some of the respondents
Association Générale des Producteurs de Maïs (AGPM) Grainis ltd. Hydrogen Bulgaria
Birdlife International et al Greenpeace
Both ENDS + Forest Peoples Programme + IWGIA IDH The Sustainable Trade Initiative
Brazilian Citizen INTERHOLCO
Canadian Citizen International Cocoa Organization (ICCO)
Cargill International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
CDP Europe Italian Citizen 1
CDP UK Italian Citizen 2
ClientEarth JC Consulting Attorney
Conservation International Europe + The Nature Conservancy Europe Mars Incorporated
Consorcio de Investigación Económica y Social (CIES) Perú Mighty Earth
Duralim Murphy-Bokern Konzepte
Dutch Citizen National Alliance of Forest Owners (NAFO)
Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) Portuguese Citizen
Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) Proforest
EU Citizens Rainforest Alliance
European Cocoa Association (ECA) + CAOBISCO Soil Association
European Industrial Hemp Association (EIHA) Solidaridad Network
European Palm Oil Alliance (EPOA) – Paper 1 Swedish Forest Industries Federation (SFIF)
European Palm Oil Alliance (EPOA) – Paper 2 The Center for People and Forests (RECOFTC) - Article
European Tyre and Rubber Manufacturers' Association (ETRMA) The Center for People and Forests (RECOFTC) - Paper
FEDIOL-COCERAL Transport & Environment
Fern Tropenbos International + IUCN
FoodDrinkEurope Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS)
French Citizen World Fair Trade Organization Europe (WFTO-Europe)
Global Canopy WWF
Global Forest Coalition + Biofuelwatch Zoological Society of London (ZSL)


Directorate F “Global Sustainable Development”
Unit F3 “Multilateral Environmental Cooperation”