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How to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals? Focus on forests

In September 2015, world governments adopted an Agenda for Sustainable Development with 17 universal Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to be achieved by 2030. The aims are noble and daunting – end all forms of poverty, fight inequality, address climate change, and ensure that no one is left behind.

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Seeing RED; avoided deforestation and rights issues

This briefing explains why the UNFCC Conference in Bali (December 2007) needs to answer certain important questions related to forest governance and forest peoples' rights before negotiating a post-2012 climate agreement that may include forests.
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Integrating environmental issues in EU - ACP aid strategies

A Briefing Note prepared by FERN and WWF as background document for the workshop: “Why (not) mainstream? - A critical  assessment of the results of a decade of gender and environmental mainstreaming.” The purpose of the workshop is  to engage with different issue-based groups on the advantages  and disadvantages of mainstreaming in development cooperation.

On Shaky Ground: The involvement of civil society in the preparatory stage of the FLEGT support project

Telapak and FERN follow up the implementation of the FLEGT Support Project. This EC-funded project aims to tackle illegal logging and promote the role of forests in the sustainable development of Indonesia.

Previous briefings in this series: Finding solutions to illegal logging: civil society and the FLEGT Support Project (June 2005)
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Court of Auditor's Report: The environmental aspects of the Commission's development co-operation

This Briefing Note summarises the European Court of Auditors’ findings on the lack of environmental protection into projects dealing with co-operation between the European Community and developing countries. The findings of this latest report are not new and detail the limited success of attempts to tackle the problem. The report concludes with a recommendation that the Commission should establish a comprehensive environmental strategy for its development aid.

Integrating environmental issues in the next round of co-operation agreements between the EU and ACP countries

FERN and ICCO Briefing Note to facilitate lobbying by civil society organisations wanting to advocate the integration of environmental issues into the next round of co-operation agreements between the European Union and African, Caribbean and Pacific countries.

Intégration des questions environnementales dans le prochain cycle d’accords de coopération entre l’UE et les pays ACP
Cette Note d’information a été préparé par FERN et ICCO en vue de faciliter le plaidoyer des organisations de la société civile désireuses de soutenir l’intégration des questions environnementales dans le prochain d’accords de coopération entre l’Union européenne et les pays d’Afrique, des Caraïbes et du Pacifique.
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Information on the Programming of EC Aid for ACP countries: Will the EU deliver on its promises?

Briefing paper prepared by the Concord Cotonou Working Group, which includes FERN, to facilitate the lobbying and participation of civil society organisations in the European Union and African, Caribbean and Pacific countries in the forthcoming processes of EC Aid Programming.
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Forest loss and human health: focus on EU policies and practices

Forests make a huge contribution to human health. They provide food and medicine, and are an important component of traditional health systems. While it’s widely known that forests play a key role in mitigating climate change, in conserving soil and water quality, awareness of the impact on human health due to forest devastation and the loss of these
ecosystems is less widespread.

What’s in the European Commission’s FLEGT Action Plan?

FERN's EC Forest Platform briefing outlining the key issues of the EC FLEGT (Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade) Action Plan.

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Improving EC Aid in Indonesia

Pelibatan Masyarakat Sipil Indonesia dalam Skema Pendanaan Masyarakat Eropa di Sektor Kehutanan.
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