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Seeing the Forests Through the Trees: VPA-led Transparency in Five African Countries

2015 sees the ten-year review of the Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade Action Plan, which makes it a good time to reassess the extent to which VPAs have delivered on their promise of increased transparency in forest management, and for civil society to show how they have used information.

Response to allegations by the Malaysian Palm Oil Council (MPOC) re: Stolen Goods

On 9 April 2015, the MPOC released an article attacking Fern's report "Stolen Goods". Fern refutes the accusations levelled at the report, and has produced this response to their criticisms.

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Conference: Protecting forests, respecting rights

On 30 March 2015, Fern hosted a conference looking at how to develop an EU Action Plan on Deforestation. This is important as the EU's consumption of agricultural commodities and timber has resulted in the destruction of at least 9 million hectares of forest, equivalent to the size of Ireland, over the period 1990 - 2008.

Protecting Forests, Respecting Rights: Options for EU Action on deforestation and forest degradation

This report examines the EU’s “Deforestation Footprint” – its role in global deforestation. It looks at important action the EU has taken, through the Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Action Plan to improve how forests are owned and managed in timber-exporting countries and to prevent imports of illegal tropical timber entering EU borders.

ForestWatch 203 - Tackling EU Drivers of Deforestation

  • Fern Celebrates 20 years of campaigning to respect rights and protect forests
  • European Parliament conference calls for EU Action on Deforestation and Forest Degradation
  • New Fern research provides recommendations for EU action on deforestation
  • Burning Matter
  • Consuming less, Consuming better
  • Starving damaging projects of funds

Blueprint for change: How the EU can stop the illegal destruction of tropical forests

This press release launches Fern's new campaign to deal with the EU drivers of deforestation. It outlines the scale of the problem and the comprehensive steps the EU can take to tackle it. Find out more by visiting or

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Blueprint for change: How the EU can stop the illegal destruction of tropical forests

Research released this month by Brussels-based NGO Fern revealed that during 2000-12, an average of one football pitch of forest was illegally cleared every two minutes to supply the EU with agricultural commodities such as beef, leather, palm oil and soy.