Leaked EU anti-deforestation law omits fragile grasslands and wetlands

Leaked EU anti-deforestation law omits fragile grasslands and wetlands

Campaigners say draft regulation contains many loopholes, including exclusion of Cerrado and Pantanal

The fragile Cerrado grasslands and the Pantanal wetlands, both under threat from soy and beef exploitation, have been excluded from a European Union draft anti-deforestation law, campaigners have said, and there are many other concerning loopholes.

The European Commission has pledged to introduce a law aimed at preventing beef, palm oil and other products linked to deforestation from being sold in the EU single market of 450 million consumers. But campaigners said a leaked impact assessment reveals “significant omissions” in the plans, including the exclusion of endangered grasslands and wetlands, as well as products that raise environmental concerns, such as rubber and maize.

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