Amsterdam Declarations Partnership’ Discussion on The EUDR and the forest code discussion

Event

The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, on behalf of the Amsterdam Declarations Partnership, would like to invite you to a pressure-cooker discussion with a selected group of active experts engaged in the implementation of the European Union Deforestation Regulation in Brazil.

Amsterdam Declarations Partnership’ Discussion on The EUDR and the forest code discussion

The Amsterdam Declarations Partnership, a partnership of nine European countries, aims to enhance the dialogue with major consumer and producer countries and enhance transparency and sustainability of supply chains. Seeing the importance of Brazil in a number of agriculture products that will fall under the EUDR, the ADP would like to bring together a selected range of multi-stakeholders. Working language of the event will be a mixture of Portuguese and English.

 

Please confirm your presence by the 17 November to:

BRA-BB@minbuza.nl

Amsterdam Declarations Partnership’ Discussion on The EUDR and the forest code discussion

1. Event Description

 

The EUDR has been adopted and will come into effect by December 2024. Currently the EU is working on the due diligence procedures and buyers are preparing to continue trade with Brazil in the commodities covered by the directive.

Over the years, Brazil has invested a lot in  data and traceability and is technically one of most prepared trade partners of the EU to meet the requirements. There are however challenges like timing, costs and information: on the EU side and the Brazilian side.

Climate Policy Initiative recently published an article on challenges and opportunities for the environmental policies and the EUDR. The main takeaways of that article are:

  • The objectives of the EUDR and Brazilian environmental policies are aligned in their aims to reduce deforestation, lower greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from land use conversion and protect biodiversity.
  • Brazil also has technological tools that can help (European) operators gather information when conducting due diligence process on Brazilian products.
  • The EUDR presents an additional opportunity for Brazil to move forward in its implementation of the Forest Code and especially the CAR;
  • Along with these opportunities, the EUDR also presents a number of challenges:
  1. Little time for implementation;
  2. the additional costs incurred during the due diligence process will have an unequal impact on smallholders and traditional communities compared to medium and large-scale producers;
  3. unclarity on key parts of the legislation.

 

The Amsterdam Declaration Partnership Brazil, currently chaired by Belgium, would like to bring stakeholders together to discuss the identified challenges and opportunities and the way forward.

 

2. Agenda

 

Opening
Time Content Speaker
9h00 Welcome & introduction objectives of ADP in Brazil. Deputy Ambassador Belgium

Deputy Ambassador NL

 

9h10 Lay-out of the workshop & importance of transparency. Moderator:

NL Agricultural Counsellor,

Paul van de Logt

Part 1: Challenges and Opportunities
Time Content Speaker
9h15 Challenges and opportunities: a thinktank perspective on the way forward for implementation of the EUDR in Brazil Climate Policy Initiative

Christine Leme

9h45 Challenges and opportunities in the real world. Different perspectives Panel

11h00 Coffee
11h30 – 1300 Break-out group discussion (4 groups)

What needs to happen in 2024 to meet the challenges and use opportunities of the EUDR

Moderator / all participants
Using post-its for plenary discussion.
Lunch

With presentation findings

14.30 close

 

3. Logistics

 

The meeting will be entirely held at the Residence of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Brasília, under Chatham House Rule (the information received/discussed during the meeting can be used but the identity of who said what should not be revealed). The address is: SES Av. das Nações Quadra 801 Lote 5, CEP 70405-900, Brasília – DF. Please note that the entrance of the Residence is at the lago side and not the Embassy’s entrance. Please confirm on the map below:

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