FERN’s response to the report “Forest Sustainability and Carbon Balance of EU Importation of North American Forest Biomass"
FERN is concerned that the report from the European Biomass Association (AEBIOM),BC Bioenergy Network, US Industrial Wood Pellet Association and Wood Pellet Association of Canada purposely ignores the fact that US pellet manufacturing facilities source wood from whole trees.
Edinburgh, November 21 - This press release coincides with the opening of the World Forum on Natural Capital www.naturalcapitalforum.com in Edinburgh. To highlight their concerns about the event, 140 organisations from all over the world are releasing a statement to say ‘No to biodiversity offsetting’. The statement was launched in a counter forum on Natural Commons http://naturenotforsale.org/taking place in Edinburgh at the same time.
Still exporting destruction: A civil society assessment of Export Credit Agencies’ compliance with EU Regulation (PE-CONS 46/11)
- Biomass: The chain of destruction
- Biofuels: To cap or not to cap?
- Join us: No offsets!
- Money-laundering - environmental opportunity missed
- Guyana: It’s time to improve
- FLEGT week in Brussels
Every six months, FERN produces an update looking at the present situation with regards the EU's Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Action Plan, with a specific focus on Voluntary Partnership Agreements (VPAs).
Around the world, ecosystems and the communities that depend on them are harmed by large infrastructure projects, extractive industries and new financial markets. To facilitate these activities, public and private entities are promoting new schemes to allow their environmental impacts to be ‘offset’. This could lead to an increase in damage, but even more concerning is that it commodifies nature.