How Newly Implemented EU Deforestation Regulation Threatens More Than Indonesian Palm Oil Exports to Europe

- 23 May 2023 12:05 WIB
Illustration. Sliced palm fruits. (feelphotoz/Pixabay)
Illustration. Sliced palm fruits. (feelphotoz/Pixabay)

Stientje van Veldhoven, Regional Director of the World Resources Institute for Europe, highlights that effective implementation of the EUDR can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions resulting from clearing tropical forests. However, producing countries must work closely with the EU to ensure a smooth transition without harming their economies and domestic livelihoods.

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Van Veldhoven suggests that producing countries may require incentives to support vulnerable groups like smallholder farmers in adopting deforestation-free practices. Forests worldwide face increasing threats from logging and agriculture, particularly for soybean and oil palm plantations, according to Van Veldhoven.

According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), between 1990 and 2020, approximately 420 million hectares (1.6 million square miles) of forests, an area larger than the EU, have been lost.

As the EUDR comes into effect, Indonesia and other producing countries will need to navigate the regulations while balancing environmental concerns and economic interests.

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