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(02 October 2020) - The European Commission launched today a global cooperation platform to fight deforestation.

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The new multi-stakeholder platform launched today to help protect and restore world’s forests brings together a range of stakeholders and expertise: consumer and producer countries, civil society organizations, and industry associations.

In addition to being a forum for exchanges, the platform is to serve as a policy-making tool – informing the Commission’s ongoing work on a legislative proposal to minimise the risk that products linked to deforestation be sold in the European market, planned for the second quarter of 2021.

An impact assessment will assess a wide range of measures, such as approaches similar to the EU system against illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing, different verification systems and due diligence, among others.

A public consultation was launched in September and will run until 10 December 2020.

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