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Forest Protection Policy

In early March 2010, the European Commission adopted a green paper about the protection of forests in Europe against climate change. The discussion it generates should guide Commission decisions on whether additional action is needed at the EU level to protect forests. Whilst the paper highlights some important issues such as the need for more harmonised, reliable and comprehensive information systems to assess forest resources and conditions, it seriously fails to make a proper analysis of the lack of coherence of EU and Member States policies that have an impact on forests.

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Enhancing forest protection is key in future CAP

In this position paper, FERN explains that the future Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) should prioritise enhanced forest protection and improved forestry practices that have notable and measurable positive environmental and climate benefits.

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NGO open letter on the Legally Binding Agreement on forests in Europe

NGOs are concerned that a Forest Europe working group is pushing ahead with creating a Legally Binding Agreement on forests in Europe despite the fact that key questions have not been considered. The biggest among those unanswered questions is: what value would such a new agreement add to the protection of the forests in Europe? NGOs think the answer is 'none' and are also concerned that the process has been very poor.

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Forests in danger: failures of EU policy and what needs to change

Though EU policy aims to give equal weight to the 'commercial interests' versus 'ecological interests' of forests, in practice, commercial interests have dominated.  This is concerning given that forests can help mitigate the effects of climate change, but are under threat from climate change itself.

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Forestwatch Issue 152 September 2010

  • Biofuel landscape changing, but will ILUC be taken into account?
  • Another land case won in Sarawak
  • Carbon trading explained
  • Small improvements in draft Ecolabel criteria
  • World Bank palm oil strategy “reckless”
  • REDD+ Partnership’s chaotic, intransparent process
PDF iconFW 152 September 2010.pdf189.81 KB

ForestWatch Issue 151 July 2010 and special update on Bonn UNFCCC meeting

  • Prohibition on illegal timber is here!
  • Bioenergy policy will lead to a carbon debt
  • More human approaches
  • Missing: political will to protect forests in the EU
  • Sweden’s unsustainable forestry
  • Ecolabel still endorses forest destruction
PDF iconFW 151 July 2010192.76 KB
PDF iconBonn update.pdf149.51 KB