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“Since the TTIP has failed, the EU just had to think up a new monstrosity: JEFTA, an agreement on free trade with Japan that is about to be finalized and that hardly anybody has heard about despite the four-year negotiations,” Gefira reports:
On July 6 the EU Commission and Japan decided to complete the JEFTA agreement. It is outrageous that the EU citizens have scarcely been informed about it. The same was true of TTIP and CEFTA: people only learnt about it when huge protests were staged. So also now the most important documents concerning JEFTA have only been made known to us through a leak affair.
Among the several reasons Europeans ought to be concerned is the following:
Japan is the world’s largest importer of wood. Greenpeace asserts that the country is also the largest importer of illegal wood […] because Japan has defective law in this respect. Romania is among the countries that may be most negatively affected by JEFTA; at present the country’s last primeval forests are being felled down, which is prohibited in other European countries. The EU is incapable of preventing Romania from pursuing this practice, so JEFTA will be an opportunity for Japan to chop down European forests.
“Forests are boring and talking about their destruction is even worse – isn’t that right, you ignoramus?” snaps Irene Teodor in a 2014 article for Vice.
If you didn’t have any forests you’d be breathing tar, just like the people of Bucharest, where I happen to be from. You’d also have to replace your car/bike/tube carriage with a boat, because forests help drain rain water, while the mountainous areas would be filled with homeless people, because forests play an important role in local economies.
Between 1990 and 2011, hundreds of thousands of hectares of Romanian forest were deforested, both by private companies and the government. About 900 hectares of woodland disappeared over a period of four years in the region of Agres alone without anyone noticing – until 2012, when a reforestation process started. The cost of that operation has now reached about €2 billion (£1.6 billion), and that’s only paying for replanting in half of the affected area – there are still hundreds of hectares that nobody’s taking care of.
“But that doesn’t mean that the forest is OK,” explains Radu Vlad of the World Wide Fund for Nature, who says that government statistics on the subject can be misleading:
The surface of a forest is calculated by the terrain it’s on, so even a forest in which all the trees have been cut to their stumps is considered “forested”. Sometimes the surface is theoretically grown by also calling the terrain occupied with shrubbery and grasslands for feeding animals, a forest. Which is why the National Statistics Institute says Romania has more forests than ten years ago.
Quality-wise, forests have suffered a lot. Even though they count as forested areas, these places have been severely trimmed down or completely removed, without any chances of regeneration. But there are still forests that have been taken care of properly and which are still helping the environment.
Partisans of the theory of “global warming” should be particularly concerned about JEFTA. “According to the World Carfree Network (WCN), cars and trucks account for about 14 percent of global carbon emissions, while most analysts attribute upwards of 15 percent to deforestation,” warns Scientific American. “The reason that logging is so bad for the climate is that when trees are felled they release the carbon they are storing into the atmosphere, where it mingles with greenhouse gases from other sources and contributes to global warming accordingly.”
Mint Press News offers speculation that British politicians are hoping to capitalize on Brexit to weaken environmental regulations in the UK and that the move toward deregulation signaled by JEFTA may give these interested parties “the green light to do so by weakening its demands over environmental standards in its latest trade deal with Japan.”
“Adopting JEFTA, the EU will send to the United States a signal that Europe is not going to follow President Trump’s protectionist policies,” concludes Gefira. “Yet, trade ought not to be pursed for the sake of trade, it ought to be a means to achieving a goal which is the protection of jobs and the environment.”