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Workshop on US and EU Policy Options for Trade in Agricultural Commodities

External Project Site: www.chathamhouse.org/events/view/195497
Related: Environment and Natural Resources

On September 24-25, 2013, Meridian Institute and Chatham House co-hosted a workshop to discuss US and EU policy options for regulating trade in agricultural commodities that significantly impact global tropical deforestation, including palm oil, soy, beef, leather, and cocoa. The 30 workshop participants—including representatives from US and EU government agencies, NGOs, and research institutes—came together to identify avenues for future actions to improve supply chain management and to exclude products from global markets that drive deforestation.

Workshop participants explored the applicability of a number of policy options to the agricultural sector and also considered their feasibility in the US political context. These policy options included bilateral agreements, public procurement policies, biofuel regulations, and due diligence requirements and corporate reporting.

Meridian staff assisted with identifying speakers in each of the key topic areas, developing the workshop agenda, and providing logistical and facilitation support.

Visit the external project site for additional information and to download the workshop summary and background papers.


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