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Letter to agriculture ministers for European Council meeting on FLEGT

This letter to agricultural ministers thanks them for their actions to control illegal logging and encourages them to ensure all forest risk commodities’ supply chains consist of only legally and sustainably sourced products, free from deforestation, and develop an EU Action Plan on deforestation and forest degradation, to ensure policy coherence across different sectors.

EU - Stop Supporting the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition

This statement on behalf of Fern and Transparency International (TI) welcomes the European Parliament resolution adopted on 7 June 2016, which calls on the European Union (EU) to halt its support to the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition.

Presentations from negative emissions seminar

This seminar held in May 2016 brought key scientists together with environmental, development and human rights NGOs to understand the Paris Agreement’s implications for forests and land use. A final report of the meeting gives an overview of discussions and presentations given.

Annual Report 2015

This annual report outlines the key events of the year January - December 2015. It shows how we give a voice to the people who live in, derive their livelihoods from and are best placed to protect the world’s forests.

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Japan’s new law fails to meet G7 commitment to halt the trade in illegal timber

This joint letter on behalf of 15 organisations highlights serious weaknesses in Japan’s new law intended to stop the trade in illegal timber. It outlines the measures that the Japanese government should take to ensure their legislation has a positive impact on the illegal timber trade. It is also available in Japanese.

Scoping Study on EU-China Relationships in the Forestry Sector

China’s rapid economic growth has spurred a massive demand for natural resources – including timber, agricultural commodities and minerals – the vast bulk of which are imported. Although it is estimated that the proportion of China’s imports of illegally sourced timber has fallen, the total volume of illegally sourced timber nearly doubled from 17 million in 2005 to 33 million m3 in 2013. A substantial part of these imports is exported to Europe.

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The EU’s destructive bioenergy policy must end

Brussels, May 10, 2016 - As the European Commission closes its public consultation on the future of the EU’s bioenergy policy, the steps necessary to end its current disastrous impacts are highlighted in a response released today by forest NGO Fern.