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Friday, 10 April 2015

Billions worth of EU imports linked to illegal deforestation

NGO Fern revealed that the European Union is responsible for a quarter of products connected to illegal deforestation. The EU is one of the largest importers of products resulting from illegal deforestation. In 2012 imported €6bn of soy, beef, leather and palm oil which were grown or reared on land illegally cleared of forests in the tropics - almost a quarter of the total world trade, according to Fern’s report. For example, in Papua New Guinea, which is one of the world's largest exporters of tropical timber, it was found that approximately 90% of forest clearance licenses were obtained through fraud. While European MEPs and Commission repeatedly proclaimed their commitment to become the world leader in terms of climate change and sustainable development, it appears that the EU is extensively complicit in this illegal tropical deforestation.

Source: theparliamentmagazine.eu