The European Commission adopts a communication to address the issue of global forest degradation
The European Commission (EC) published, after a consultation process which started last December, a Communication on Stepping up EU Action to Protect and Restore the World’s Forests. The document defines several areas in which action is required to address deforestation, not only within the European Union, but on a global scale, through trade related policies.
As explained in its introduction, this Communication “stops short of laying out a definitive blueprint for the incoming Commission”, but it lays down “the identification of a number of proposals that can be put forward immediately, and the preparation of regulatory and financial responses”, on which the new Commission will decide upon.
During this summer, attention has been dramatically drawn by the media to the issue of deforestation, and it is now crucial for the European Union to drawn a plan to respond to an issue which would threatens to jeopardise the delivery of the Clean Planet for All strategic vison (whose goal is a net zero carbon emissions economy by 2050), as well as the EUBiodiversity Strategy to 2020 and the incoming one for 2030, announced by President-Elect von der Leyen.
European Companies have shown great progress in including climate change in their business model but are less accustomed in dealing with issues such as deforestation and biodiversity loss, which generates regional, local and site-specific concerns, making harder to identify scalable solutions. CSR Europe is working to address such gap by building a Biodiversity and Industry Platform, in order to create cross-sectorial synergy with business and key stakeholders at local sites.