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Cooperation with partners

Find out how the EU cooperates with partner countries to address deforestation and tackle illegal logging.


Given the global nature of deforestation, the EU has intensified its engagement with other consumer and producer countries to jointly address the root causes of deforestation, both bilaterally and multilaterally.

At the 28th United Nations Climate Change Conference, the EU stepped up its cooperation with partner countries on deforestation-free supply chains and outlined further support measures.

Since the beginning of the preparation of the EU Deforestation Regulation (EUDR), and now through its implementation, the EU has developed an extensive and coordinated outreach strategy, as well as different instruments in efforts to support partner countries.

Team Europe Initiative on Deforestation-free Value Chains

Find out more about the Team Europe Initiative

Multi-Stakeholder Platform on Protecting and Restoring the World’s Forests

Find out more about the Deforestation Platform

EU Sustainable Cocoa Initiative

An initiative with Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana and Cameroon which addresses deforestation, child labour and living income in cocoa supply chains

Find out more about the EU Sustainable Cocoa Initiative


A programme funded by the European Commission for promoting sustainable growth and job creation in Latin America.

Find out more about AL-INVEST Verde

Forest partnerships

Forest Partnerships aim to enhance the role of forests in sustainable and inclusive national development, while addressing challenges related to deforestation, climate change and loss of biodiversity.

International fora

The Commission contributes to the work of forest-related international fora such as:

  • Global Forest Policy - the 1992 Rio Forest Principles are a set of guidelines for development of forest policy that were adopted at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development. 
  • The 2000 United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF) is a forest policy forum established under the ECOSOC; together with the Collaborative Partnership on Forests, comprises the International Arrangement on Forests. 
  • Convention on Biological Diversity and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. Forest issues are addressed in the conventions in relation to biodiversity and climate change. 
  • International Tropical Timber Organization - The ITTO is a commodity agreement with an environmental dimension, which brings together producers and consumers of tropical timber around the common objective of sustainable forest management.  
  • FAO - The Commission participates in the bi-annual FAO Committee on Forests, which decides FAO’s work programme on forests. FAO is responsible for global forest databases and produces technical publications on forest resources. 
  • UNECE/FAO Regional Commission for Europe - Based in Geneva, the Timber Committee of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe facilitates policy development on Forests in the UNECE region and works together with the FAO Regional Commission for Europe.