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Wednesday, 21 October 2020 - Brussels Provisional edition

Deforestation (debate)

  Rovana Plumb (S&D), in writing. – Global preservation of forests and preventing their degradation are some of the biggest sustainability challenges of our times, without which the objectives of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Paris Agreement and the Green Deal cannot be achieved.

I welcome the creation of a forest observatory to collect data and information on deforestation in Europe as well as globally. We have to call for this observatory to establish a mechanism to protect forest defenders. I fully support the creating of the early-warning alert mechanisms in order to notify public authorities, companies, including third-party schemes, and consumers of commodities originating in areas of eco-system conversion risk concerning loss and deterioration of forest and savannah and areas where human rights have been violated, and to assist in tackling these issues by intensifying dialogue and data sharing with respective third countries.

This mechanism is important to preserve the forestry sector which employs at least 500 000 people directly in the Union, and 13 million people worldwide, especially in rural areas. It encourages the Commission to strengthen the EU Action Plan on FLEGT, with a focus on Voluntary Partnership Agreements, and incorporate it into the new European Forest Strategy to encourage third countries to abandon deforestation policies.

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