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Roadmap to Paris takes a wrong turn

This Press Release explains why the European Commission's ‘Roadmap to Paris’ is a weakening of its commitment to reduce emissions by 40 per cent. By including forests and agricultural land, the European Commission has weakened its target since such land removes more carbon from the atmosphere than it releases. Different sources are now citing between 2.4 and 5 per cent reduction as a result of this inclusion meaning the target could in actual fact be 35 per cent or lower; a disaster given that climate science shows that even 40 per cent was not enough.

Roadmap to Paris.pdf197.88 KB

Issue 201

  • Protecting forests, respecting rights conference
  • US NGOs raise the alarm about flawed EU renewable energy policy
  • ‘Net Zero’ climate goals: A cautionary note
  • Vietnamese ban on natural forest logging may affect region

Issue 200

  • Looking back at 200 issues of ForestWatch
  • High-profile casualties in the European Commission’s 2015 Work Programme
  • 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).

2014 11 FW update.pdf847.17 KB