The EU’s proposed new law to ban goods linked to deforestation – needs more work

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The European Commission’s proposed law aims to curb the import of commodities linked to deforestation from entering the European Union.

It would set mandatory due diligence rules for importers of specific commodities into the EU market – such as soy, beef, palm oil, wood, cocoa and coffee and some derived products.

HCSA is cited as a recognised tool for forest conservation in the EU’s ‘Stepping up EU Action to Protect and Restore the World’s Forests’ and although we welcome the Commission’s proposal as a good step forward, it also has some significant weaknesses and gaps.

Following extensive consultation, the Secretariat prepared a full statement setting out the HCSA Steering Group’s position on this crucial proposed legislation – and provided amendments to the following areas:

  • Strengthen the Definition and Identification of Natural Forests
  • Incorporation of Human Rights including the Land and Territorial Rights of Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities. 
  • Protection of Other Ecosystems
  • Due Diligence Process and Risk Mitigation
  • Expand the Scope to other Deforestation-risk Commodities, SMEs, and other Sectors
  • Transparency and Reporting
  • Cooperation and Support for Producer Countries and Smallholders

Please find the full statement here