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Publications bulletin Oct-Nov 2015

Below are some of the publications that Fern has produced in the past few weeks:


EU Forest Watch Issue 209

  • Court of Auditors on FLEGT: missing the bigger picture
  • COP21: draft text agreed, but contentious issues remain
  • End subsidies for forest biomass
  • Cameroonian activist sentenced: intimidation resonates beyond borders
  • Film: how FLEGT-VPA is being used to give CAR’s forest communities a voice
  • Liberia’s Land Rights Act: toward community forestry?
  • Anti-money laundering rules of limited use in tackling illegal logging

Press Release: New report shows how biomass burning devastates forests

Europe’s once peaceful forests are being invaded in the name of green energy, according to a new report for the forest NGO Fern by acclaimed writer Fred Pearce.
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Up In Flames: How biomass burning wrecks Europe’s forests

This new report by Fred Pearce for Fern shows that Europe’s forests are being invaded in the name of green energy. The report focuses on a number of forests in Europe and the US, that are under threat by this push for bioenergy, which is being fuelled by huge subsidies from the EU and its Member States.

Up in Flames - How biomass burning wrecks Europe’s forests, reveals how forests across Europe are being pillaged and their wood used for energy because of EU policies for promoting renewable electricity and heating with the aim to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions.

Almost half of wood harvested in the EU is now used for energy, while 60 per cent of the renewable energy is generated by biomass burning for electricity and heating. It supplies about five per cent of EU energy needs. Industry investors say that if the EU’s 2020 renewable energy targets are to be met, Europe will need between seven and 16 million hectares of energy crops.

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How FLEGT is making a difference in the CAR

The new transitional government of the Central African Republic is in the process of drafting a new constitution, and, for the first time, many forest communities have been consulted about their country’s future. The Voluntary Partnership Agreement between the CAR and the EU is one of the tools that has been used by civil society actors to make their voices heard.

Press release: End damaging biomass subsidies

As bioenergy hits 60 per cent of the renewable energy consumed in the EU, a new briefing by forest NGO Fern highlights its devastating impact on forests, and urges the EU to halt subsidies for forest biomass used for energy.


Bioenergy briefing note 1: the limited availability of wood for energy

This is the first of a series of briefings Fern is producing on bioenergy. This briefing shows how little forest biomass is available, and proposes an EU strategy for a more efficient use of the scarce wood resource.

Addressing land use vital for Paris climate agreement

A group of NGOs, including Fern, has outlined its position ahead of the COP21 Climate Conference in Paris. They emphasise that land use has a crucial role to play both in attempts to tackle climate change, and to ensure food security, and should underpin strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to their consequences.

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More focus, more resources needed to halt illegal logging

Press release: Fern responds to European Court of Auditors Report on EU’s efforts to halt illegal timber:

The long-awaited European Court of Auditors report on the EU Action Plan on Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) contains “welcome recommendations” but “omits key information”, says Saskia Ozinga, Campaigns Co-ordinator at social and environmental NGO Fern.

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Stashing the cash: banks, money laundering and the battle against illegal logging

Illegal logging is believed to account for between 15% and 30% of the international trade in timber, with revenues running into billions of dollars each year. This has prompted the EU, the World Bank and others to call for more effective use of anti-money laundering procedures as a way of tackling the illicit financial flows that support illegal logging. This report looks at whether action on money laundering could be a worthwhile lever to help preserve the world’s forests.