WCS is working to secure recognition for intact forests’ contribution to climate change mitigation and the goals of the Paris Agreement, particularly Article 4 which calls for the world to achieve a net balance between emissions by sources and removals by sinks by 2050.
To support the implementation and impact of efforts to halt agriculture-driven deforestation, WCS has developed a new ‘risk-based’ framing for action on deforestation, that prioritizes efforts towards the farm and forests frontier: the Forest First approach. A brochure presents some case studies from WCS’s work in the field and provides some recommendations as to how producer countries can be supported to make the transition to becoming deforestation-free, whilst also involving and taking account of the impacts on local communities and smallholders (see here). More information is available here.
The EU is currently considering whether to adopt new policy instruments to decrease the imports of commodities associated with deforestation (e.g. palm oil) and to support further action within developing countries to address tropical deforestation. WCS strongly supports such policy instruments.
For more information about WCS’s work on Intact forests and climate change, please click here.
NGOs statement on the EU regulation on deforestation-free products (February 2022)
TFA letter on EU action on deforestation (July 2021)
NGOs letter on EU forest risk commodities regulation (June 2021)
NGOs briefing on EU legislation on deforestation and forest degradation (May 2021)
WCS Forest First Approach - Position Paper (February 2021)
WCS Forest First Approach - Case Studies and Recommendations (February 2021)
WCS webinar on a ‘Forest-First Approach’ (December 2020)
WCS EU response to the public consultation on deforestation (December 2020)
WCS webinar on Nature-based Solutions (October 2020)
WCS EU response to the public consultation on the EU Climate Pact (June 2020)
WCS EU and other NGOs recommendations for EU forest partnerships (May 2020)
WCS EU comments on the roadmap regarding deforestation and forest degradation (March 2020)
WCS EU comments on the roadmap regarding the European Climate Law (February 2020)
WCS EU and other NGOs briefing on protecting forests (October 2019)
WCS EU response to the EU consultation on deforestation and forest degradation (January 2019)
WCS and other NGOs statement on an EU Action Plan on deforestation (February 2018)