The European Union will refuse goods made from cut down trees

The ban will affect goods for the manufacture of which it took deforestation

The ban will affect goods for the manufacture of which it took deforestation

A photo: Oleg UKLADOV

The European Parliament agreed on a law providing for a ban on the sale of goods for the production of which it was necessary to cut down the forest.

At the moment, a preliminary version of the document has been prepared.

In order to be able to control the implementation of the new rule, manufacturers will have to provide papers that reveal supply chains, and regulatory authorities will check whether deforestation has been carried out for the manufacture of these products. In particular, innovations may affect the production of coffee, palm oil, soybeans, paper products and others.

The ban will affect products that require deforestation after December 31, 2020, including primary forests such as the Amazon jungle.

The European Parliament said that the law has yet to be discussed at various levels, but European officials have no doubts about its adoption. In the future, the EP and the Council of the EU plan to extend the law to other ecosystems in order to provide nature with the greatest possible protection from the impact of civilization.

The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) said that the harmonization of the law is an important historical milestone in saving forests.

– In the coming years, the EU should expand its focus to protect nature as a whole, – declared at WWF.

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