EU action plan on deforestation
Feasibility study on an EU action plan on deforestation (2015-2017)
Client: DG Environment
According to FAO, about 13 million hectares of the world’s forests are lost every year, and further areas of forest are degraded. Deforestation and forest degradation increase carbon dioxide emissions, reduce biodiversity, affect freshwater systems and threaten livelihoods of local peoples. Addressing deforestation and forest degradation is an important and cost-effective approach to combat climate change and conserve biodiversity.
The objective of this project is to define possible policy options for the EU to help mitigate global deforestation and forest degradation and assess their feasibility for a possible EU action plan. The project consists of three tasks, the first of which is led by Milieu:
- Mapping existing and forthcoming laws, policies, and initiatives that can address, directly or indirectly, the drivers of deforestation and forest degradation. This includes actions at different levels (international, EU, and national) and by different types of actors (public institutions, private companies, non-governmental organisations). The output from this task describes the nature of relevant instruments, where responsibilities for implementation and enforcement lie, and their potential effectiveness.
- Identifying policy options that can address the drivers of global deforestation and forest degradation, and assessing their likely environmental, social and economic impacts (including administrative burden), using foresight scenarios.
- Preparing information material for stakeholder consultations and disseminating the results of the project.
Milieu is providing expert input to Tasks 2 and 3 as well.