Clearing forests for agriculture, mining and infrastructure is the main driver of deforestation. ClientEarth works to achieve effective laws to govern forest conversion, reduce forest loss and protect forest-dependent communities.
ClientEarth has developed a legal toolkit to help decision-makers use laws to reduce forest conversion and minimise the environmental and social impacts of deforestation.
The European Commission has published two key studies on deforestation, one focusing on palm oil and sustainability certification, the other looking at how to step up EU action on deforestation.
A regulation that aims to stop illegal deforestation in Ghana has given fresh clarity to the rules on forest conversion in the country.
ClientEarth law and policy advisor Clotilde Henriot has contributed to a legal paper describing how laws shape forest conversion to agriculture in some countries of the Congo Basin.
- Legal Toolkit on Forest Conversion Factsheet 1: Allocation of land – the need for clarity
- Legal Toolkit on Forest Conversion Factsheet 3: Timber from forest conversion – the need for rules
- Legal Toolkit on Forest Conversion Factsheet 2: Clearing forested land – the need for a permit
- Legal Toolkit on Forest Conversion Overview
- Legal Toolkit on Forest Conversion (Full report)
- Legal Toolkit on Forest Conversion Factsheet 5: Communities’ rights – the need for recognition
- Legal Toolkit on Forest Conversion Factsheet 4: Environmental protection – the need for consideration
- All eyes on the European Commission, as crucial EU decision on deforestation due “in a matter of weeks”
- Addressing risks of an inadequate legal framework governing forest conversion in Ghana
- Contributions de la société civile sur le cadre juridique du déboisement dans l’avant-projet de Code forestier
- The legal framework governing forest conversion in Liberia
- Addressing the risks of a weak legal framework governing forest conversion in Liberia