In our second event of a series of activities that ECIPE is organising to stimulate discussion around the EU-Mercosur agreement, we will be tackling the thorny interaction between deforestation and trade.
At a time at which Europeans are calling on governments to prioritise climatic and environmental considerations, there is a growing feeling that the trade deal with Mercosur runs against the priorities of the Green Deal. The Trade and Sustainable Development chapter of the agreement sets out provisions on deforestation yet there are subsisting doubts surrounding enforcement mechanisms, to the extent that the EU has now indicated that it will seek to negotiate an additional instrument.
This panel discussion will seek to analyse the interaction between trade policy and deforestation. How is the EU deploying its green diplomacy to influence environmental policies outside of the Union? What are the main drivers of deforestation in the Mercosur region? Can a preferential trade agreement effectively tackle embedded deforestation? What role can technology and innovation play in enhancing supply chain transparency?
Join us for this exceptional discussion with leading experts:
- Ricardo Arioli, Farmer and agronomist, co-founder of the Brazilian Soybean farmers' association
- Anna Cavazzini, Member of the European Parliament and Vice- Chair of the Delegation for Relations with Brazil
- Toby Gardner, Senior Research Fellow, Stockholm Environment Institute
- Dr Raoni Rajão, Professor in environmental management, Federal University of Minas Gerais
- Fernando Sampaio, Executive Director, PCI Institute, Mato Grosso State government
- Jana Titievskaia, Policy Analyst for Trade, European Parliamentary Research Service (EPRS), European Parliament
Moderated by Emily Rees, Senior Fellow at ECIPE and Lead of the EU-Mercosur Project.