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Forests and climate: EU Forest Watch

How the Fiji UN climate summit affects forests

Kate Dooley was in Bonn, tracking the developments in the UN climate summit. She has written this overview of the talks from a forests perspective for Fern. 

COP23 - the 23rd United Nations climate summit - was for the first time ever presided over by a small island nation – Fiji. Due to complexities of hosting in Fiji, it took place in Bonn, Germany from November 6-17, 2017, just as news was released that global carbon dioxide emissions have risen 2 per cent in 2017

The main outcome was the ‘Fiji Momentum for Implementation’, containing the on-going Paris Agreement work programme; the “Talanoa Dialogue” developed by the Fijian presidency; and a hard-fought decision on scaling up pre-2020 action. 

Despite the positive steps on indigenous peoples’ rights and agriculture, talks continue at a slow pace and emissions keep on rising. With only one year remaining until the ‘Paris rulebook’ must be finalised at COP24 in December 2018, there is an urgent need for progress on guidelines for transparent accounting of emissions from forest harvest and bioenergy use, as well as progress in increased pre-2020 action.   


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Forest Watch Update on REDD+ in the Congo Basin

This update on Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+) looks in detail at five countries in the Congo Basin: the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Republic of Congo, the Central African Republic, Cameroon and Gabon. It shows that although REDD+ processes are ongoing in four of the five countries, they are not inclusive, and are led in a top-down manner.

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Doha climate talks: ForestWatch special issue

The 18th United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of the Parties (COP18) was held in Doha, Qatar against a backdrop of high profile reports warning that the world is heading for between 4 and 6°C of warming. The Doha outcome continues low levels of ambition to mitigate climate change from developed countries, and fails to deliver on critically needed climate finance for adaptation and mitigation in developing countries. Worse still, the Doha outcome advances discussions on offsetting through trading carbon, strongly opposed by many developing countries and NGOs. As REDD+ negotiations look set to continue in the direction of establishing forest carbon trading, from 2013 FERN will focus efforts on forest governance reforms in forested countries and will no longer follow the UNFCCC negotiations. 

Photo: by Neil Palmer/CIAT

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ForestWatch Issue 167 and Special Report from Durban

  • A Green Economy in 2012?
  • Liberian PUPs sidestep VPA reform
  • Durban’s COP17: Fiddling as Rome burns
  • New study: Biofuels behind many land grabs
  • Where biomass meets illegal logging
  • Durban aimed to save the market, not the climate
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ForestWatch Issue 162 and Bonn climate talks update

  • Beech forests are acknowledged as world heritage
  • New rule to shed a glimmer of light on ECAs
  • Tackling challenges that confront European forests: Will a legally binding agreement help?
  • ‘Global’ carbon market a mirage: seek other funding
  • DRC: toward transparency?
  • Solidarity: Khimki forest
  • Forest Watch Special Report – Bonn climate talks 6-17 June 2011
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Forestwatch Issue 156 and Cancun and International Year of the Forest Specials

Welcome to the first Forest Watch of 2011. This is also United Nations Year of the Forest and so FERN has written a two-page Forest Watch special looking at the state of play for forests through the lens of our campaigns which can be accessed below. Last month too was  an important month for forests due to decisions made at the 16th Conference of the Parties in Cancun. FERN’s two-page special report from that meeting is attached below. Articles in this months Forest Watch include:

  • VPA processes see slow progression
  • Paralysis by Analysis
  • ‘Sustainable on Paper’
  • Congo approves a law to protect indigenous peoples
  • EEAS and DEVCO: the new EU external relations jargon

ForestWatch Issue 155 December 2010

  • Social criteria are permissible in timber procurement policy
  • Questions remain about Cancun forests agreement
  • A bold move: the EP votes to address ECA flaws
  • The future of CAP: opinions welcome
  • Agrofuel plans drive destruction

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Most recent publications

Return of the trees

By Fred Pearce

To have a fair chance of limiting global temperature rise to a maximum of 1.5 degrees Celsius, it will be necessary to remove at least 500 billion tonnes of CO2 from the atmosphere. The best way to do this is to work with local communities to restore degraded forest ecosystems. As this report shows, this is entirely possible. 

It must, however, go hand in hand with halting forest loss and reducing fossil fuel consumption. Not instead of. Governments around the world have made pledges such as the Bonn Challenge to support restoration and reforestation projects, but even if the Bonn challenge is successful it would only remove 50 billion tonnes, 10 per cent of what is needed.

Community-led forest restoration helps fight climate change

December 19, 2017 (Brussels) - Restoring natural biologically diverse forests could remove 500 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere, making a significant impact in the fight agai

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How the Fiji UN climate summit affects forests

Kate Dooley was in Bonn, tracking the developments in the UN climate summit. She has written this overview of the talks from a forests perspective for Fern. 

PDF iconComment COP23.pdf1.17 MB

While climate change wreaks havoc, airlines hide plans to double emissions behind a widely discredited scheme.

By Julia Christian

In Bonn last month delegates from around the world discussed how to implement the Paris Climate Change Agreement  – which aims to tackle the greatest threat currently facing the planet.

At exactly the same time almost 6,000 kilometres away in Montreal, representatives from the global aviation industry were hell-bent on undermining the Agreement’s aims.

The absurd scenario simultaneously playing out in different meeting rooms on different continents can be traced back to the 1997 climate talks in Kyoto.

Unearned credit: Why aviation industry forest offsets are doomed to fail

Unlike other sectors, international aviation is not included in 2015’s Paris Agreement. This has allowed aviation to lag behind other sectors when it comes to reducing emissions.

PDF iconfern_unearned credit.pdf1.88 MB

Airlines’ ‘action’ on climate change means doubling emissions

This press release exposes the flaws in the airline industry’s plans to offset its carbon emissions. It is also available in German.

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PDF iconICAO Fern PR_DE.pdf585.14 KB