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UK Proposal for due diligence on forest risk commodities

1 September 2020

The UK Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has begun a consultation on proposals aimed at reducing illegal deforestation and its impacts on climate change. The proposals implement one of a number of recommendations made by the Government's Global Resource Initiative Taskforce in March 2020 aimed at greening UK supply chains. Deforestation causes 11% of all greenhouse gas emissions and is considered to be the second most significant contributor to climate change after fossil fuel burning. Forests (and rainforests in particular), are also considered to be globally important in the conservation of biodiversity.

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