Scientists & Indigenous groups unite to call for stricter EU trade with Brazil

Related GLP Member: Tobias Kuemmerle

More than 600 scientists in the EU and 300 Brazilian Indigenous groups (represented by APIB and COIAB) have come together under a common goal: to urge the EU to make current trade negotiations with Brazil conditional on protecting human rights and the environment.

A letter published in Science in April 2019 provides three recommendations to improve the sustainability of EU trade. Several GLP Members are involved, including Tobias Kümmerle, who was one of the lead authors

In addition, the group has a website that describes their purpose and aim:

We are more than 600 scientists in the EU and 300 Brazilian Indigenous groups (represented by APIB and COIAB) who have come together under a common goal: to urge the EU to make current trade negotiations with Brazil conditional on protecting human rights and the environment.

The EU is a world leader in importing commodities that drive deforestation. Between 1990-2008, the EU imported over one third of all internationally traded crops and livestock products associated with deforestation. Alarmingly, Brazil’s new administration is working to dismantle anti-deforestation policy. Ongoing deforestation in Brazil puts Indigenous rights, global climate stability, and species conservation at risk.

As Brazil’s 2nd largest trading partner, the EU has a critical opportunity to put human rights and the environment at the forefront of current trade negotiations.

Our letter published in Science, provides three recommendations to improve the sustainability of EU trade. If you are a scientist in the EU you’re welcome to sign our letter by clicking below.