Highlights from Fern's conference looking at what should be in an EU action plan to end deforestion. To read Fern's proposal visit: www.fern.org/protectingforests
- The Dutch show the way: Debate on biomass becomes burning matter
- MEPs condemn land grabs
- Subsidies to forest destruction dwarf REDD+ funding
- No more forest destruction: Norway’s largest pension fund sets an example
- CAR’s reconciliation forum takes critical steps on governance
- Local farmers unite internationally against confiscation of their lands
- Comment now: Four EU public consultations relevant to forests
Land is the hidden resource that sustains every aspect of our society, from food to products, buildings and energy. Yet the EU appears unaware of the real scale of its land consumption, as well as the environmental, social and economic impacts.
Tackling our land footprint would also help the EU reach its targets to halt biodiversity loss by 2020 and end deforestation by 2030. Fern and 17 NGOs urge the European Commission to ensure that a Land as a Resource Communication is included in next year’s Commission’s Work Programme.
The objective of this paper is to critique rural land law and forest law in Côte d’Ivoire from an Africa-wide perspective. The paper starts with an overview of customary land tenure across Africa, and different countries’ approaches to achieving legal protection.
The European Parliament has adopted a resolution to the EU Forest Strategy which emphasises the role of forests for Europe’s future energy mix. Fern believes promoting wood biomass for energy will have a serious impact on European forests, which are already under pressure due to growing demand for biomass, and on forests in other regions that feed the EU’s subsidised hunger for wood pellets.
This position paper from Fern and 10 other NGOs argues that the EU should limit bioenergy use in achieving the 2030 renewable energy target, and should introduce safeguards to avoid negative impacts on the environment, people and the climate.