Forests are instrumental in protecting biodiversity, fighting climate change, as well as securing people’s livelihoods. However, forests are under severe pressure due to agricultural expansion. The EU imports a major share of agricultural commodities such as palm oil, soy, cocoa, coffee and rubber that drive deforestation in the tropics. At the same time, many interdependencies exist between deforestation and the livelihoods of local and indigenous communities. Within the framework of the Green Deal, the European Commission has announced measures to minimise deforestation and forest degradation in agricultural supply chains.
No people without forests – no forests without people
How can the EU protect forests and promote living incomes and wages in global supply chains?
This Agora session will link deforestation and livelihoods by exploring how jurisdictional approaches can help to protect forests, while promoting living incomes and wages for smallholder farmers and workers across agricultural supply chains. It will bring together key stakeholders to explore ways for the EU to protect tropical forests and biodiversity while promoting living incomes and wages for producers and rural communities through jurisdictional approaches in agricultural supply chains. Ideas on how these supply side measures could support the regulatory demand side measures on EU level will be discussed. The key messages of the discussion will also feed into the UN Food Systems Summit in 2021.