News Selection – Tropical Forests
Recent international news and analysis chosen to illustrate and update Tread Softly briefings on Tropical Forests.
Why are corporate zero deforestation policies failing?
20/6/2018: Despite nearly 500 companies committing to zero deforestation within their supply chains, this goal remains as elusive as ever. New research looks into the true motives of the corporate decision-makers.
To end deforestation, we must protect community land rights
31/5/2018: The ambitious target to halt global deforestation by 2020 is hampered by pervasive insecurity of community land rights in low income countries. Respecting land rights of indigenous peoples is an essential component of success.
Norwegian government under fire for generous forests funding
31/5/2018: Over the last 10 years, Norway has granted a total of almost $3 billion to projects aimed at reducing emissions from deforestation. Criticism is inevitable, as evidence emerges that some of the beneficiary countries are under-performing.
Palm oil certification is not a perfect science
25/5/2018: The certification standards of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil are often criticised by NGOs. A governor of the RSPO responds.
Norway and DRC forest partnership falters
24/5/2018: A major forest protection scheme in the Democratic Republic of Congo is in turmoil, amid a standoff between the country’s environment ministry and international donors.
Colombia’s supreme court orders government to stop deforestation
7/5/2018: The supreme court of Colombia has accepted the ideas presented by a group of children and other young people who say that the deforestation of the Amazon threatens their fundamental rights to health, to a clean environment, and to life.
EU palm oil ban disrupts Malaysian farmers
26/4/2018: The European Parliament has voted to ban the use of palm oil in all biofuels by 2020, good news for forest protection. But the ban is less good news for 650,000 smallholder palm farmers in Malaysia.
Colombian Court Orders Government to Stop Deforestation
5/4/2018: An appeals court in Colombia has ruled that the government must create and implement plans to stop deforestation. The landmark judgement ordered that the Amazon enjoys legal rights and protection from the ravages of climate change.
Greenpeace International ends its FSC membership
30/3/2018: Greenpeace says the Forest Stewardship Council is not meeting its aims of protecting forests and ensuring that human rights are respected.
China tiptoes towards action on illegal timber imports
15/3/2018: Europe and US have legislation in place to block imports of timber that has been logged illegally. As a massive importer of timber from high risk countries, China is under pressure to follow suit.