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The most crucial challenges facing Europe’s forests

This short briefing outlines BirdLife, European Environmental Bureau and FERN recommendations for the Parliament’s own initiative report on the EU Forest Strategy.

Forest Watch FLEGT VPA Update November 2014

Every six months, FERN produces an update looking at the present situation with regards the EU's Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Action Plan, with a specific focus on Voluntary Partnership Agreements (VPAs).

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Case studies of biodiversity offsetting: voices from the ground

A contentious new policy being pursued by the UK Government will lead to a loss of biodiversity and local natural areas for communities. Biodiversity Offsetting promises to make good the damage done to nature by creating equivalent nature elsewhere, but in doing so, it masks the loss of important natural spaces for communities.  What’s more, it is a dangerous distraction from the need to do more to protect nature and have a more environmentally sustainable economy. In these case studies, communities speak out about what offsetting is allowing on the ground.

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Biodiversity offsetting in practice

This is the third in a series of briefing notes outlining concerns and considerations related to EU proposals to offset biodiversity loss. This briefing note analyses how biodiversity offset schemes have fared so far and shows that the picture is far from rosy.

To read briefing 2 click here.

To read briefing 1 click here.

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Misleading numbers summary

This is the summary version of misleading numbers. It outlines that fossil and land-based carbon are not interchangeable and that emissions from fossil fuels cannot be negated by increasing or protecting the storage potential of forests and other land based carbon.

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What is biodiversity offsetting and why is it problematic?

Biodiversity is essential to the health of people and the planet and yet European Union (EU) targets to halt the loss of biodiversity by 2010 have been missed. In an attempt to remedy the situation, the EU is reworking its biodiversity strategy and biodiversity offsetting is expected to play a key role in it. This briefing outlines what biodiversity offsetting is and why it likely to cause more problems than it solves.

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What is biodiversity and why is it important?

This first briefing outlines what biodiversity is and why it is important.

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