Outlines the aims and background to each of FERN's campaigns, as well as the work FERN undertook and the successes we achieved in 2011 thanks to the support and work of our funders and partners. A must-read for anyone new to FERN's work.
On 21 December 2010 the government of the Central African Republic and the European Union signed a Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade Voluntary Partnership Agreement to tackle illegal logging. This briefing presents the point of view of civil society in Central African Republic and the EU, looking at what was in the signed agreement, what is at stake, and the challenges to implementation. It shows that the economic and social development goals of the VPA cannot be attained without respect for the rights of forest communities and the environment, and genuine political will.
Remember how Wall Street traders crashed the economy in 2008 with their gambling on complex mortgage securities, and with 'dark market' derivatives? Well, the mortgage bubble may have burst, but the creation of carbon markets – one approach for reducing harmful greenhouse gas pollution – could create a whole new casino-like structure.
- Hold on to a good thing: FLEGT’s inclusive approach
- Carbon trading is no answer
- UKEF: Support ethical practices with transparency, accountability
- EU Forest Strategy needs clear priorities, more protection
- Bulgaria: No to changes
- Fuel use up, forests down
To see that the European Commission keeps up the high standard of consultation, 16 European NGOs have asked DG Environment of the European Commission to ensure that ongoing negotiation processes will be as inclusive as those already completed. Concerns focus specifically on Malaysia, where to date no inclusive consultation process has yet started, although negotiations for a VPA are ongoing.
This briefing note looking at what has been achieved so far by FLEGT Voluntary Partnership Agreements (VPAs) finds that the EU has played a central role in ensuring various civil society groups are involved in the VPA negotiating process. Without EU pressure on governments and officials, civil society groups would not have been able to participate. In most cases the VPA process worked well.