Europe is driving the global environmental agenda.
Yet Europe — through its consumption and investments — also bears considerable responsibility for climate breakdown and the global loss of biodiversity. Between 1990 and 2008, Europe was the top importer of deforestation around the world, resulting in the cutting down of an expanse of forest the size of Portugal.
In partnership with committed government actors including France, Germany, Norway, Sweden and the European Union, Conservation International is driving funding to protect and restore tropical forests that absorb and store critical carbon; increase protection and improve management of oceans; and produce and apply science-based evidence to promote nature-based development.
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What we do
Conservation International works throughout Europe building partnerships to protect nature, mitigate climate change and promote sustainable development. We do this by engaging the public and private sectors, advocating for ambitious climate action from governments and corporations, and driving innovation in science and finance.
Conservation International is working with European decision-makers to integrate nature-based solutions in national and international policies and to support “green” economic stimulus packages.
We are supporting European decision-makers to design sound policies that address imported deforestation and ecosystem degradation, while connecting with international negotiations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). Learn more »
Deforestation is responsible for nearly 12 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, half of which are the result of internationally traded commodities. Consumption in Europe of products such as coffee, cacao, palm oil (found in 50 percent of supermarket products) and soy represents around 10 percent of the global share of deforestation.
Conservation International seeks to drive collaboration with and among industry leaders in those commodity sectors, to ensure sustainable and deforestation-free supply chains that benefit nature and people.
Through strategic partnerships with coffee stakeholders in Europe, we actively contribute making coffee the world's first sustainable agricultural product. Learn more »
We are engaging with corporate actors and other partners to build a movement that supports demand for sustainable palm oil in Europe. Learn more »
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News from Europe
Conservation International Statement on the European Union Legislative Proposal to Address Deforestation
November 17, 2021
Conservation International-Europe Senior Vice President and Managing Director, Herbert Lust, released the following statement today in response to new proposed legislation from the European Union (EU) to limit the impacts of deforestation from products on the EU market. The legislation seeks to curb the EU’s contribution to global deforestation and forest degradation by creating new standards for products to reach the European market. Read more »
Conservation International Names Nikolaus Schultze Vice President for European Partnerships
February 5, 2021
Conservation International today announced Nikolaus Schultze as the organization’s first vice president of European partnerships. He will lead Conservation International’s strategic efforts to bring the conservation, corporate and financial sectors of the region together to drive climate change solutions and protect nature for people. Read more »
Conservation International Joins Over 1 Million People Urging European Union to Act on Imported Deforestation
Dec. 14, 2020
Today, more than one million people voiced their support encouraging the European Commission to enact a law that would prevent deforestation linked to the EU consumption of products like soy, palm oil, coffee and cocoa. Read more »
Conservation International and IDH – The Sustainable Trade Initiative Partner to Support Green COVID-19 Recovery and Sustainable Supply Chains
June 18, 2020
Today, Conservation International and IDH – The Sustainable Trade Initiative signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to expand their joint commitment to build sustainable supply chains and prioritize the long-term wellbeing of humanity. Read more »
Conservation International Statement on the EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030
May 20, 2020
Conservation International’s Vice President and Managing Director for Europe Herbert Lust today issued the following statement on the release of the EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030. Read more »
Conservation International Shares Policy Recommendations Linking Nature and COVID-19 Recovery
May 14, 2020
Conservation International today released recommendations to support governments currently working to implement COVID-19 recovery plans. Read more »