This new report shows that the quantity of wood required to satisfy the European Union’s 20-20-20 target is likely to be too large to be met by increased production within the EU. Member States will have to rely on importing wood products from elsewhere, at the risk of damaging ecosystems in other parts of the world, while actually increasing the EU’s own carbon footprint.
“European and Global Forests – which way to the future,” was a conference hosted by MEP Gaston Franco with the European Parliament intergroup on ‘Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Development’ and the FUTUREforest project. It featured more than 35 speakers in two days (but only three women). The 200+ participants demonstrated the great variation of EU forest-related initiatives. Significantly, the former DG AGRI Commissioner Franz Fischler criticised the EU biofuels target and asked for it to be reconsidered, a demand echoed in this presentation concerning FLEGT and REDD.
This submission to the "EU Emissions Trading System: New Inquiry" shows that fundamental flaws in the design of the EU ETS have been exposed by (a) a series of fraud and cybercrime incidents; (b) the excessive use of carbon offsets by companies hoarding higher-value EU ETS permits received free of charge; and (c) the lack of a functioning regulatory possibility to adjust thesupply of EU ETS emission permits to a sharp economic downturn, and theresulting drop in emissions far below projected levels that were used to calculate permit allocation.
This short presentation outlines the basics of a Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade Voluntary Partnership Agreement (or FLEGT VPA). For more information and presentations please see www.loggingoff.info
This report outlines the aims and background to each of FERN's campaigns, as well as the work FERN undertook and the successes we achieved in 2010. None of the achievments would have been possible without the support and work of our funders and partners.
In early April 2011, and following some initial contacts between Honduras and the European Union (EU) in mid-2010, a series of meetings and workshops were held in Honduras with the objective to explore the potential negotiation of a Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) between both parties.