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EU Forest Watch
November 11, 2015
  • Court of Auditors on FLEGT: missing the bigger picture
  • COP21: draft text agreed, but contentious issues remain
  • End subsidies for forest biomass
  • Cameroonian activist sentenced: intimidation resonates beyond borders
  • Film: how FLEGT-VPA is being used to give CAR’s forest communities a voice
  • Liberia’s Land Rights Act: toward community forestry?
  • Anti-money laundering rules of limited use in tackling illegal logging
Press Releases
November 9, 2015
Europe’s once peaceful forests are being invaded in the name of green energy, according to a new report for the forest NGO Fern by acclaimed writer Fred Pearce.
November 9, 2015

This new report by Fred Pearce for Fern shows that Europe’s forests are being invaded in the name of green energy. The report focuses on a number of forests in Europe and the US, that are under threat by this push for bioenergy, which is being fuelled by huge subsidies from the EU and its Member States.

Up in Flames - How biomass burning wrecks Europe’s forests, reveals how forests across Europe are being pillaged and their wood used for energy because of EU policies for promoting renewable electricity and heating with the aim to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions.

Almost half of wood harvested in the EU is now used for energy, while 60 per cent of the renewable energy is generated by biomass burning for electricity and heating. It supplies about five per cent of EU energy needs. Industry investors say that if the EU’s 2020 renewable energy targets are to be met, Europe will need between seven and 16 million hectares of energy crops.

November 5, 2015

The new transitional government of the Central African Republic is in the process of drafting a new constitution, and, for the first time, many forest communities have been consulted about their country’s future. The Voluntary Partnership Agreement between the CAR and the EU is one of the tools that has been used by civil society actors to make their voices heard.

Briefing note
October 28, 2015

This is the first of a series of briefings Fern is producing on bioenergy. This briefing shows how little forest biomass is available, and proposes an EU strategy for a more efficient use of the scarce wood resource.

NGO Statements
October 27, 2015

A group of NGOs, including Fern, has outlined its position ahead of the COP21 Climate Conference in Paris. They emphasise that land use has a crucial role to play both in attempts to tackle climate change, and to ensure food security, and should underpin strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to their consequences.