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The story of Fern

This short film outlines Fern's history, present and future as told by our board, staff and partners.

LULUCF leaves 2030 climate target in the balance

Branded as one of the most complex areas in climate science, many claim that land use, land use change and forestry (LULUCF) is too complicated for them to understand and is best left to the experts.

New research shows risk of including land use and forests in EU’s emissions target

Two days before the European Union closes its consultation on the role that land use, land use change and forestry (LULUCF) should play in EU climate effort, new research reveals that including this sector in emissions reductions plans would cause havo

Impacts on the EU 2030 climate target of including LULUCF in the climate and energy policy framework

The European Union (EU) has a target to reduce emissions by at least 40 per cent by 2030. This is an economy-wide target and therefore includes the Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry (LULUCF) sector. This study looks at how to integrate LULUCF into the EU’s 2030 Climate and Energy Framework.

Fern’s response to EU LULUCF Consultation

Fern's response to this consultation concludes that the challenge of limiting global warming to two degrees is so great that effort should be made in all sectors. By maintaining Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry (LULUCF) separately, the EU avoids reducing its ambition and gives itself the opportunity to create real ambition to maintain carbon stocks and reduce emissions in LULUCF.

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Forest Watch FLEGT VPA Update June 2015

A decade of VPAs: where have we been, where do we go? 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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Issue 205

  • Deadly price of activism
  • EU Action on deforestation seems “appropriate”
  • EU: Undermining development aid by backing landgrabbers?
  • Forests must be part of the push for stability in Central African Republic
  • Protest against landgrabs by Socfin and Bolloré now also in Europe
  • FLEGT Action plan evaluation ongoing
  • Sarawak Chief Minister’s fine words on forest corruption must lead to action

EU Investors, Land Grabs and Deforestation: Case-Studies

European banks and investors are a major source of finance for large-scale destructive agriculture; forestry; and pulp and paper projects. These often lead to forest loss, impoverishment and violations of the rights of local communities. NGOs continue to be inundated with examples of agriculture and forestry deals that kick communities off their land and cause environmental devastation.

Double-counting forest emissions threatens global climate agreement

For more information, please contact: Mark Olden, + 44 7973 884 718,

Bonn, Germany (2 June 2015) — As officials from more than 190 nations gather in Bonn to prepare the ground for a future global climate agreement, new research draws attention to the risk that accounting for tropical deforestation could mean actual emissions are higher than those reported to the UN.