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EU urged to ensure that 2030 Effort Sharing Decision is fit for purpose

As the ratification of the Paris Climate Agreement gets under way, a group of NGOs and businesses have issued an open letter calling on the EU to ensure that the 2030 Effort Sharing Decision, its main climate instrument, is fit for purpose

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LULUCF: what would a good proposal look like?

As the ratification process for the Paris Climate Agreement begins, a new Fern briefing has shown how the EU’s new policy on land and forests could help it to be more ambitious on its climate change targets, and set a positive precedent globally by developing a separate pillar - with its own target - for the so-called LULUCF sector.

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Going beyond 40% - options to ensure LULUCF maintains high environmental integrity of the EU climate and energy package

As the ratification process for the Paris Climate Agreement begins, a new study produced by the Oeko-Institut for Fern has shown how the EU’s new policy on land and forests could help it to be more ambitious on its climate change targets, and set a positive precedent globally by developing a separate pillar - with its own target - for the so-called LULUCF sector.

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EU land and forests can help EU be more ambitious on climate, new study shows

As the ratification process for the Paris Agreement begins, a new study shows how the EU’s new policy on land and forests could help the EU be more ambitious given the Commission’s reluctance to increase climate targets.

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EMBARGOED: EU land and forests can help EU be more ambitious on climate, new study shows

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Brussels (22nd April 2016) As the ratification process for the Paris Agreement begins, a new study shows how the EU’s new policy on land and forests could help the EU be more ambitious given the Commission’s reluctance to increase climate targets.

In the study, the Oeko-Institut and forest and rights NGO Fern suggest the EU could set a positive precedent for international climate policy if they developed a separate pillar with its own target for the so called ‘LULUCF’ sector.

EU Forest Watch Issue 214 - April 2016

  • EU must act urgently on FLEGT and deforestation
  • EU’s illegal logging legislation bares its teeth
  • FLEGT: Council takes a more balanced view
  • Jumbo thumbs-down for aviation offsetting plan
  • Destructive palm oil imports in the spotlight
  • Funders get cold feet as violence against Honduran activists continues
  • Europe’s World Heritage woods under the axe
  • France floats ‘compensation’ to maintain DRC logging moratorium
  • Credit where it’s due!

Aviation industry’s offset plans distracts from urgent need to reduce emissions

A group of over 80 environmental NGOs, including Fern, Transport & Environment, Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth has called on the aviation sector to adopt a serious plan to address its impact on climate change, rather than the proposed use of carbon offsetting that the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) is planning to adopt. The NGOs say plans to offset most of the sector’s growth in emissions are a significant distraction from real measures to reduce aviation emissions.

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Commission urged to review European food and farming system

Around 100 organisations, including Fern, have signed an open letter to the President of the European Commission (EC), Jean-Claude Juncker, calling on the EC to consider carrying out a review of what they call the “largely broken” European food and farming system. They added that the Common Agricultural Policy seems “not equipped to address the fundamental challenges that Europe is facing in this sector".

Read the Commission's response to the letter.

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NGOs call for FLEGT Action Plan to be strengthened

A group of NGOs, including Fern, has issued a briefing paper calling on the EU to strengthen the measures contained in the FLEGT Action Plan as a way of tackling illegal logging. The briefing is the NGOs’ contribution to the policy debate related to the evaluation of the FLEGT Action Plan, the review of the EU Timber Regulation (EUTR), and the EU’s commitment to halt deforestation and restore degraded forests by 2020.

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