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Adapting to the European Union Deforestation Regulation (EUDR)

This week we are presenting the progress we've made in adapting to the European Union Deforestation Regulation (EUDR) and our commitment to ensuring compliance with the regulations governing the market for certain raw materials and products associated with deforestation, particularly in Honduras, Peru, and Colombia.

The European Union Deforestation Regulation (EUDR) is a significant regulatory framework aimed at combatting deforestation and forest degradation. It prohibits the introduction and marketing of certain raw materials and products associated with deforestation and requires due diligence to ensure compliance.

Forest in with coffee in Honduras

Due Diligence Requirements

Due diligence involves conducting a risk analysis of product non-conformity, implementing measures and procedures to mitigate risks until they are negligible. This includes gathering information, data, and documents to demonstrate that the product has not caused deforestation, as well as risk assessment and risk reduction measures.

1.1 Design and Implementation

  • System Management Design: We've completed the analysis of current requirements and identified additional needs for due diligence processes, resulting in the design of our information management system, aligned with EUDR regulations.

  • System Management Implementation: We've identified the most suitable information management tool and commenced implementation, ensuring compliance with EUDR regulations. The next steps involve refining the tool and deploying it among our allies.

1.2 Information Gathering

While some details remain uncertain, we have been diligently gathering the necessary information. This involves:

  • Acquiring GPS points or polygons for areas exceeding 4 hectares,

  • Securing land ownership or tenure documents from each producer,

  • Compiling essential producer information.

We aim to finish gathering all key information mentioned above in compliance with the EUDR regulations by the end of July 2024.

Coffee farm in Honduras with coffee producer

1.3 Socialization, Training and Origin Status

We've conducted comprehensive training sessions on EUDR regulations for our team and prepared our allies in Peru, Colombia, and Honduras for compliance:

Peru: This origin does not have a consolidated coffee institution. No private or state guild is leading the progress to comply with EUDR regulations. This allows us to advance privately in the collection of information together with the cooperatives. We've introduced the EUDR regulations and begun socializing compliance requirements with our allies, with further outreach and distribution of informative materials planned.

Colombia: La Federación Nacional de Cafetaleros is leading this data collection, stating that they already have a lot of collected information. We are working on coordinating with them and continue to advance our work in the private sector. While we've introduced the EUDR regulations with our partnered cooperative, there's ongoing work to socialize compliance requirements and distribute informative materials through our networks.

Honduras: IHCAFE and SAG (Secretaria de Agricultura y Ganaderia) are responsible for leading this process in Honduras. This week, they had their first meetings to address the issue. On our side, we have successfully introduced our partnered cooperatives to the EUDR regulations, and we are currently monitoring government progress toward implementing the verification system nationwide.

Through these efforts, ElevaFinca remains committed to ensuring full compliance with the EUDR and promoting sustainable practices in Honduras, Peru, and Colombia.

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