Dialogue on the EU regulation on deforestation-free chains in the coffee sector

06 June 2023. Component 2 of AL-INVEST Verde organised the round table "Coffee and the EU regulation on deforestation-free chains".The event was attended by representatives of the European Union and countries such as Brazil, Ecuador and Peru, as well as other Latin American coffee producing countries.

The event was held virtually and constituted the second of three round tables planned in the cycle "Dialogue and exchange of experiences on sustainability in the coffee value chain".. The first round table took place on 18 April, on ".Support programmes and instruments for sustainability in the coffee value chain", added.

During the meeting, the EU regulation on deforestation-free supply chains and pooled international best practice in traceability to ensure sustainability in the coffee production process.

The round table was opened by Emanuele Pitto, representative of the European Commission's Directorate-General for the Environment, who spoke about the aforementioned European regulation. He explained that it is expected to come into force at the end of 2023, although it will be applied progressively to large and small companies. Its implementation will involve concrete measures whose aim, he said, will be to "reduce the European Union's contribution to deforestation and forest degradation worldwide".

Bernardino Cangussu, Director of the Support Directorate of DETEC/EMATER of Minas Gerais (Brazil); Felipe Nunes, from the Federal University of Minas Gerais and the Territorial Intelligence Centre; Claudio Marconi, traceability expert and EU consultant for the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock of Ecuador; César Santisteban, Director of the Directorate of Statistics and Agrarian Information (DEIA) of the Ministry of Agrarian Development and Irrigation of Peru, then took the floor. Also present was Wolfgang Weinmann, coordinator of the Public-Private Coffee Task Force of the International Coffee Organisation (ICO). The moderator was Andrea Carlo Monaco, Senior Programme Manager of Component 2 of AL-INVEST Verde.

About AL-INVEST Verde

AL-INVEST Verde is a programme funded by the European Union (EU). Its main objective is to promote sustainable growth and job creation in Latin America by supporting the transition towards a low-carbon, resource-efficient and more circular economy. Through Component 2, led by FIIAPP in consortium with IILAThe programme provides assistance for strengthening public policy and multi-stakeholder dialogues on sustainable agricultural and value chains, environmental and labour standards, as well as sustainable trade and economic policy and regulatory frameworks. 

Further information: www.alinvest-verde.eu