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Forests and climate: EU Forest Watch

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.

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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ForestWatch Issue 154 November 2010

  • Prelude to Cancun: Tianjin climate talks update
  • CAP reform: missing the opportunity to protect forests
  • Addressing carbon fraud?
  • Malaysian certificate rejected
  • How to reduce Madagascan forest destruction?
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Most recent publications

Climate Action in the Land Sector: Treading carefully

This policy brief explains how and why Post-Paris climate negotiations can and should build effective climate action, without threatening human rights and natural ecosystems.

Arctic Limits: How Finland’s forest policies threaten the Sámi and the climate

Finland is a test case in the fight against climate change. As the world edges closer to breaching the Paris Agreement goal of keeping global temperature rises below 2 degrees, forests have become increasingly important in discussions around how to battle climate change. Yet accounting for emissions from the forests sector is devilishly complex and riddled with loopholes.

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Blog: Analysis of draft LULUCF reports

By Hannah Mowat

The recently-published draft reports of the Land Use Land Use Change and Forestry (LULUCF) regulation give an indication of which direction the different committees’ rapporteurs would like to take the file. Here we offer a quick overview of the main highlights and lowlights:

Climate and the Sámi people threatened as Finland attempts to hide its forest emissions

Finland’s industrial logging is already threatening the climate and its indigenous Sámi people, and yet last year the Finnish government confirmed its intention to increase harvesting the country’s forests by

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Biofuels are not a way to decarbonise aviation

This letter to Commissioner Bulc explains why NGOs are concerned about his statement that “Biofuels are the ‘best choice’ at this point to start to decarbonize the industry”. Relying on large-scale biofuel cultivation leads to more environmental damage. The only way Europe’s aviation policy can help meet Paris Agreement goals is to focus on reducing demand.

Fern’s response to the draft Effort Sharing Regulation Rapporteur’s report

This press release outlines why Fern believes the Effort Sharing Regulation Rapporteur's draft report on greenhouse gas emission targets for Member States improves the Commission’s Effort Sharing Regulation proposal, and why it should go further.

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