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EU Forest Watch
February 8, 2016
  • EU Commission investigates state aid to Drax
  • Dutch Parliament suspends biomass subsidies
  • NGOs call on EU to scrap bioenergy from Renewable Energy policy
  • Does EU have plan to tackle its deforestation footprint?
  • Forest priorities of the Dutch Presidency
  • Forests and flood prevention: could the CAP do more?
  • Republic of Congo and CAR sign Joint CAFI Declaration
  • Cameroon excludes forest communities from benefit-sharing 
EU Forest Watch
January 13, 2016

In this special edition of Forest Watch, we look at what the Paris climate agreement means for forests and forest peoples’ rights.


EU Forest Watch
December 21, 2015

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 VPAs. This edition is from December 2015.

NGO Statements
December 17, 2015

The EU and Vietnam recently concluded a Free Trade Agreement and reaffirmed their determination to conclude negotiations for a Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) promoting sustainable and legal timber trading. In a statement, a group of Vietnamese NGOs, supported by Fern, has reminded both parties that the only way to guarantee a legal and sustainable timber trade is through improved forest governance, and has called for civil society organisations to have a clearly defined role in the VPA process to ensure credibility though independent monitoring from the ground.

December 10, 2015

Forests in spotlight as COP21 climate talks approach endgame

EU Forest Watch
December 10, 2015
  • Forests in spotlight as COP21 climate talks approach endgame
  • Circular economy package misses key opportunities
  • Moving toward an EU action plan on deforestation
  • Coal’s hidden ‘double whammy’: 12 million hectares of forest at risk
  • How LULUCF could increase mitigation ambition in EU
  • Communities, not BECCS, crucial for limiting warming to 1.5°C
  • Pope’s visit reminds the world of CAR’s needs
  • Dutch scientists’ message on biomass should be heard throughout EU
  • Vital EU support to rights defenders in Central Africa
  • AFR100: Reviving Africa’s forests