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Issue 195

  • Central African Republic: forest governance at risk
  • Carbon Fund, ER-PIN and loss of credibility
  • EU recognises land as a resource
  • Ivory Coast VPA: work in progress
  • EUTR: illegal Brazilian Amazon timber still entering the EU market

Annual Report 2013

As well as outlining the successes that FERN and our partners have achieved in the period April 2013 to March 2014, this report includes an essay by Fred Pearce looking forward to the issues that the EU is going to have to deal with it if it is going to help put a final end to its role as one of the world's most prolific deforesters.

Annual Report 2013.pdf2.56 MB

Forest Watch FLEGT Update June 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). This June 2014 example looks at VPAs in Africa, Asia and South and Central America.

VPA update June 2014.pdf9.8 MB

Issue 194

  • Incoming EU officials urged to develop a cross-cutting EU action plan on deforestation
  • LBA on forests: May it rest in peace
  • Global No Net Loss conference admits risks of offsetting
  • Democratic Republic of Congo: Pay us or forests go
  • Principles for addressing the land sector under the UNFCCC

UK’s Equatorial Palm Oil poised to illegally seize land in Liberia in defiance of government orders

This press release was launched as the UK-listed company, Equatorial Palm Oil, which is threatening to illegally seize land owned by Liberians in defiance of commitments made by Liberia’s President, received a visit from affected communities. Members of the Jogbahn Clan, together with representatives from Liberian and international NGOs, delivered a petition with over 80,000 signatures, reminding the company that it does not have community consent to expand onto their lands, and that doing so could escalate violence.

EPO Press Release.pdf269.13 KB

Network announces powerful new Global Paper Vision

On 17 June 2014, an international network of more than one hundred twenty organisations on six continents unveiled a powerful new Global Paper Vision, uniting the myriad of voices calling on the paper industry to adopt more sustainable practices. This press release outlines key parts of this blueprint for change and addresses the priorities for social responsibility and environmental conservation in response to global paper consumption patterns and the industry’s influence on biodiversity, forest health, global warming, air and water quality, and local communities.

Network announces powerful new Global Paper Vision

120 social and environmental NGOs align for worldwide improvement in the paper industry