In this special edition of Forest Watch, we look at what the Paris climate agreement means for forests and forest peoples’ rights.
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.
Forests in spotlight as COP21 climate talks approach endgame
- 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
This statement, endorsed by 57 prominent human rights and environmental organisations from Europe, Africa, Asia,and North America, argues that carbon markets will never deliver for southern governments, forests or people.