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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.

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 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.

Principles and Recommendations: LULUCF and the EU climate and energy framework for 2030

Farmlands, wetlands and forests, which cover more than 90% of the EU’s land surface, will be harshly affected by climate change. This sector – known as Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry (LULUCF) – is both a sink and a source of emissions. The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has set rules about how developed countries should best measure emissions and removals in this sector.

Open letter to Commissioner Potočnik about biodiversity offsetting

This letter from a group of concerned organisations and individuals who believe that legislation on biodiversity offsetting being considered by the European Commission would harm nature and people, and would give power to those who destroy nature for private profit. The signatories ask for all plans on offsetting to be dropped.

Thousands urge European Commission to ditch biodiversity offsetting

This press release was launched as the European Commission concludes its consultation on biodiversity offsetting. It outlines that more than 9,000 people and 67 organisations have signed a letter saying that biodiversity offsetting legislation would "harm nature and people, and give power to those who destroy nature for private profit."

Thousands urge European Commission to ditch biodiversity offsetting

As the European Commission concludes its consultation on biodiversity offsetting, the number of signatories to a letter urging the Commission not to pursue policy related to biodiversity offsetting (BO) has reached over 9,000 people and 57 organisations. They fear it would “harm nature and people, and give power to those who destroy nature for private profit.”

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