Climate & Environment

John Gibbons: The EU’s new plan to tackle deforestation will only work with close monitoring

Companies found to be in breach of new rules will face fines of up to 4 per cent of their annual turnover in the bloc, but opaque supply chains could hinder its effectiveness

A deforested and burnt area is seen on a stretch of the Transamazonian highway in Humaitá, Brazil: the area has recorded a record number of fires. Picture: Getty

Every year, the world loses an area of natural forests the size of Italy in a global pulse of deforestation that has been ongoing for centuries, but has dramatically accelerated in recent times. Since 1900, more than one billion hectares of forests have been cleared – and with them, countless species and ecosystems that evolved over millions of years have been swept away.

Over half of all wildlife in the world’s forests has disappeared in ...