The Commission aims to reduce the EU’s consumption footprint and encourage the consumption of products from deforestation-free supply chains within the EU. The Commission plans to work with producing countries to reduce pressure on forests and to ensure that EU policies do not contribute to deforestation and forest degradation. The Commission will create an ‘EU Observatory on Deforestation and Forest Degradation’ to monitor and measure change in the world’s forest cover and associated drivers of deforestation and degradation. The EC Communication is the result of extensive stakeholder consultations on deforestation and degradation and possible EU actions.

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