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Brussels conference participants discuss solutions to global deforestation and forest degradation

More than 120 representatives from industry, academia, NGOs and governments came together in Brussels on 26 and 27 May to discuss the challenges of deforestation and forest degradation and the implications for climate change, development and loss of biodiversity.

The conference, organised by the European Commission (EC), aimed to take stock of successful measures for combating deforestation and forest degradation, and to start a process of consultation, both inside and outside the EU, to define future strategies. In its response to the call of the 7th Environment Action Programme to consider the development of an EU action plan against deforestation and forest degradation, the EC will consider policy areas including environment, climate, development, agriculture, energy, trade and finance, as well as instruments such as public procurement, corporate reporting, due diligence and voluntary schemes. The EU FLEGT Action Plan was discussed in the context of working collaboratively along supply chains from supply to demand.

For more information, visit the EC website and see the summary of the conference.