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Committee takes evidence on the key drivers of deforestation

3 November 2022

The Environmental Audit Committee takes evidence on the key drivers of deforestation and whether the UK Government is doing enough to reduce the UK’s contribution to global forest loss.


Wednesday 9 November 2022, Committee Room 16, Palace of Westminster

At 2.20pm

  • Sir Ian Cheshire, Chair, We Mean Business Coalition
  • Alex Reid, Senior Global Policy Adviser, Global Witness
  • Michael Rice, Lawyer, Forest-risk Commodities, Client Earth
  • Dr Chris West, Lead for Sustainable Consumption and Production group, Stockholm Environment Institute York

Representatives from Global Witness and Client Earth are among the witnesses to be questioned on the Government’s proposed regulatory approach under set o Schedule 17 of the Environment Act. The Committee will also explore the progress made by the Government in implementing the recommendations of Global Resource Initiative, such as introducing a legally binding target to end deforestation within UK agricultural and forestry commodity supply chains.

The evidence session comes as world leaders convene at COP27 in Egypt. During COP26, over 100 leaders committed to halt and reverse forest loss and land degradation by 2030, a pledge backed by almost £14 billion in public and private funding. Policy group Climate Focus has recently warned that while deforestation slowed in 2021, this overall target could be missed without urgent action.

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