The EU Commission is working on a new legislative proposal to minimise the European Union’s (EU) contribution to deforestation and forest degradation worldwide, and promote the consumption of products from deforestation-free supply chains in the EU.

FSC has contributed to the EU public consultation sharing evidence on the best regulatory and non-regulatory options for additional demand side measures to minimize the risk that products linked to deforestation are placed on the EU market. To tackle EU-driven deforestation, FSC has recommended the adoption of a “smart mix” of policy measures where governments, companies, NGOs, producers, and communities join forces to address the issue.

This is in line with the notion of a “smart mix” as defined in the United Nations Guiding Principle on Business and Human Rights. In the framework of deforestation, FSC recommends combining: i) mandatory or voluntary due diligence with, ii) robust certification schemes as a tools to assess and minimize deforestation risks and include sustainability considerations.

For more info, please contact FSC’s EU advocacy manager, Matteo Mascolo, at: m.mascolo@fsc.org