Inputs to the Public Consultation on ‘Deforestation and Forest Degradation – Stepping up EU Action’
This position paper calls for the EU to step up its action against deforestation and not merely ensure coherency between already existing measures and policies, as indicated by the European Commission's Roadmap and public consultation rationale. The co-signatories of this submission urge the EU to develop a comprehensive Action Plan that sets out a combination of strengthened and new policy and legislative measures of sufficient ambition to adequately address the growing challenges of deforestation, escalating EU demand for forest-risk commodities, the role of EU trade and investments in fuelling deforestation, and the intricate trade-related problems of human rights violations, insecurity of communal land tenure, biodiversity loss, GHG emissions and climate change impacts.
The submission emphasises the serious human rights, livelihood and land tenure impacts caused by deforestation and EU import of forest-risk commodities as well as the role of indigenous and other forest-dependent communities in addressing deforestation:
"The fact that human rights violations are both a driver and a result of deforestation, particularly deforestation from large-scale agriculture that feeds the European market, gives rise to both the need and obligation for any EU initiative addressing deforestation and forest degradation to adopt a human rights-based approach”.
"We ask that the EU explicitly acknowledge the positive role played by secure tenure rights for indigenous peoples and forest-dependent communities in the fight against deforestation and incorporate this in the design of its responses to deforestation.”
This position paper was submitted jointly on 22nd February 2019 by
- Both ENDS, the Netherlands;
- Federación por la Autodeterminación de los Pueblos Indígenas, Paraguay
- Forest Peoples Programme
- Gobierno Territorial Autónomo de la Nación Wampis, Peru
- Institute for Policy Research and Advocacy (ELSAM), Indonesia
- International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs, Denmark
- Link-AR Borneo, Indonesia
- Pusaka, Indonesia
- Réseau Ressources Naturelles, Democratic Republic of Congo
- Social Entrepreneurs for Sustainable Development, Liberia