24 July 2020


Virtual TFA Dialogue

The dialogue event “Raising Ambition for Effective EU Policy to Protect the World’s Forests” took place on 23 July, 2.00-3.15pm CEST.


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Dialogue Session Details:

This dialogue session's agenda included:

  • An update from the European Commission on its Deforestation Communication and next steps in the legislative process.

  • Perspectives from Cargill and Nestle on the importance of the EU’s efforts, industry action to date and opportunities to accelerate progress, and views from Fern on the opportunity to deepen private sector engagement.

  • The priorities of Germany’s 2020 Council of the EU Presidency

  • Key outcomes from the TFA convened EU Roundtables to gather industry perspectives and next steps for TFA and opportunities to engage.



  • Bart Vandewaetere, VP Corporate Communications & Government Relations, Nestlé Europe, Middle East & North Africa

  • Emily Fripp, Founding Director, Efeca

  • Eva Majewski, Senior Policy Officer, German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)

  • Felipe Carazo, Head of Public Sector Engagement, Tropical Forest Alliance

  • Hugo-Maria Schally, Head of Unit, Multilateral Environmental Cooperation, DG Environment, European Commission

  • Indra Van Gisbergen, Forest and Development Campaigner, Fern

  • Justin Adams, Executive Director, Tropical Forest Alliance

  • Marta Zuluaga Zilbermann, Vice President Government Relations EMEA, Cargill


The meeting also marked the launch of the Tropical Forest Alliance Global Dialogue Series for a Forest-Positive Future. This will feature a monthly thematic deepdive showcasing how and where the Tropical Forest Alliance's partners are collectively making progress towards deforestation-free supply chains.


Future themes of this valuable dialogue series will include:

  • Raising Collective Ambition and Action in Emerging Markets: Leveraging China’s Power and Responsibility

  • Lessons from Southeast Asia: Understanding Progress Drivers and Shaping the Collective Path Forward

  • Catalyzing Collective Action in Latin America: Shaping Sustainable Solutions for Soy, Cattle and Cocoa

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