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Issue 200

  • Looking back at 200 issues of ForestWatch
  • Biodiversity offsetting at all costs?
  • Offsetting community rights in Gabon
  • Dutch government to decide on biomass sustainability criteria
  • Cambodian rights abuses – becoming a global issue

European Commission’s biodiversity offset report shows it is deaf to the concerns of EU citizens

Despite their own consultation on a possible No Net Loss (NNL) initiative showing little support for biodiversity offsetting in the EU, the European Commission have released a large and detailed study on how to implement biodiversity offsetting at the EU level.

European Commission’s biodiversity offset report shows it is deaf to the concerns of EU citizens

This press release raises concern about a new European Commission report on biodiversity offsetting which was commissioned before the conclusion of the Commission consultation on No Net Loss.

Issue 199

  • Forest deaths in Peru as UN Climate Negotiations begin
  • European Parliament Report on Forest Strategy must address risks for forests
  • Making the national FSC standard compatible with FLEGT: Progress or diversion for the Republic of Congo?
  • Bad business-as-usual in CAR’s timber sector
  • Tackling Illegal logging: Slow, but still progress

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.

Issue 198

  • November FLEGT Update
  • Killed for investigating illegal logging
  • Legally Binding Agreement on Forests set to enshrine mistakes
  • NGO Recommendations: A dedicated instrument for LULUCF
  • NGOs and MEPs concerned about EU biodiversity offsetting initiative
  • Asian Timber Mafia investigated in new book

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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Community Rights Network condemns murder of Cambodian environmental journalist

Taing Try an environmental journalist was shot dead in Cambodia on 12 October 2014. He was murdered while investigating illegal logging and the associated illegal trade in timber in the Southern province of Kratie.  Three officials have been arrested; Police Chief Ben Hieng, military police officer Khim Pheakdey and a former Cambodian Air Force Officer La Narong, all suspected timber traffickers.

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NGOs publish best practice principles on LULUCF in 2030 climate and energy package

Today the EU Heads of State agreed on the main elements of EU’s 2030 climate and energy package and decided that policies for the land use, land use change and forestry (LULUCF) sector will be established before 2020. At the same time, nine NGOs publish best practice principles for how best to deal with LULUCF in the EU’s climate framework including that tackling the climate impact of the LULUCF sector should enhance the ambition of the overall climate framework while ensuring the full environmental value of EU land, wetlands and forests.

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