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Renforcer laction de lUE en matière de protection et de restauration des forêts de la planète

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Opinion Number: CDR 4601/2019
Rapporteur: BIWER Roby
Commission: NAT
Status: Adopted
Date: 02/07/2020
 
calls for policy coherence to align the efforts, objectives and outcomes produced by the different policies, including the new CAP (Common Agricultural Policy), the EU's international commitments, i.e. the European Biodiversity Strategy to 2030, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Paris Agreement on climate change, its trade policy and the European Green Deal, in a comprehensive sustainability strategy with clear objectives and implementation measures;
stresses that the EU shall guarantee consumption of products from non-EU deforestation-free supply chains as a central point in the process of protecting and restoring the world's forests; calls on the EU to include consumers at the heart of the process to influence markets relying on the problematic conversion of primary forests to produce widely used products such as coffee, cocoa, palm oil and livestock;
calls upon the Commission to institute procedures to check the accuracy of the information and assessments collected in the European information system in order to improve confidence in the information provided, including strong traceability requirements guaranteeing the origin of products, and stronger monitoring and enforcement systems in order to help prevent fraud and mislabelling of products.
stresses that public procurement, accounting for around 14% of GDP in the EU, offers a potentially strong lever for ensuring more sustainable product supply contracts. To this end, the introduction of a ban on public purchases of products resulting from deforestation can produce relevant positive impacts on the promotion of deforestation-free products;
calls upon the Commission to consider establishing a European Forestry Agency in light of the importance of protecting and restoring the world's forests.
THE EUROPEAN COMMITTEE OF THE REGIONS



 calls for policy coherence to align the efforts, objectives and outcomes produced by the different policies, including the new CAP (Common Agricultural Policy), the EU's international commitments, i.e. the European Biodiversity Strategy to 2030, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Paris Agreement on climate change, its trade policy and the European Green Deal, in a comprehensive sustainability strategy with clear objectives and implementation measures;

 stresses that the EU shall guarantee consumption of products from non-EU deforestation-free supply chains as a central point in the process of protecting and restoring the world's forests; calls on the EU to include consumers at the heart of the process to influence markets relying on the problematic conversion of primary forests to produce widely used products such as coffee, cocoa, palm oil and livestock;

 calls upon the Commission to institute procedures to check the accuracy of the information and assessments collected in the European information system in order to improve confidence in the information provided, including strong traceability requirements guaranteeing the origin of products, and stronger monitoring and enforcement systems in order to help prevent fraud and mislabelling of products.

 stresses that public procurement, accounting for around 14% of GDP in the EU, offers a potentially strong lever for ensuring more sustainable product supply contracts. To this end, the introduction of a ban on public purchases of products resulting from deforestation can produce relevant positive impacts on the promotion of deforestation-free products;

 calls upon the Commission to consider establishing a European Forestry Agency in light of the importance of protecting and restoring the world's forests.