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Forest Watch Special Report – Paris Climate Conference

In this special edition of Forest Watch, we look at what the Paris climate agreement means for forests and forest peoples’ rights.


Forest Watch special - VPA update December 2015

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 VPAs. This edition is from December 2015.

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Best wishes from Fern for 2016

Fern staff and board hope that you will join us in 2016 in working towards an EU that protects forests and respects and strengthens the rights of local communities and indigenous peoples.  The Paris climate agreement, the Sustainable Development Goals, the FLEGT Review and a new EU Action Plan to protect forests and respect rights all provide hope f

Vietnamese NGOs call for improved forest governance through FLEGT VPA and free trade deal

The EU and Vietnam recently concluded a Free Trade Agreement and reaffirmed their determination to conclude negotiations for a Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) promoting sustainable and legal timber trading. In a statement, a group of Vietnamese NGOs, supported by Fern, has reminded both parties that the only way to guarantee a legal and sustainable timber trade is through improved forest governance, and has called for civil society organisations to have a clearly defined role in the VPA process to ensure credibility though independent monitoring from the ground.

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European Commission must heed Member States' call to eliminate deforestation from agricultural trade

Forests and rights NGO Fern has welcomed the commitment made by five EU countries to eliminate deforestation from their agricultural commodities trade by 2020, and called on the European Commission to follow this pledge with urgent action.


EU Forest Watch Issue 210

  • Forests in spotlight as COP21 climate talks approach endgame
  • Circular economy package misses key opportunities
  • Moving toward an EU action plan on deforestation
  • Coal’s hidden ‘double whammy’: 12 million hectares of forest at risk
  • How LULUCF could increase mitigation ambition in EU
  • Communities, not BECCS, crucial for limiting warming to 1.5°C
  • Pope’s visit reminds the world of CAR’s needs
  • Dutch scientists’ message on biomass should be heard throughout EU
  • Vital EU support to rights defenders in Central Africa
  • AFR100: Reviving Africa’s forests

Will carbon markets ever deliver for southern government, forests and people?

This statement, endorsed by 57 prominent human rights and environmental organisations from Europe, Africa, Asia,and North America, argues that carbon markets will never deliver for southern governments, forests or people.

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Comment on the COP21 - a forest perspective

Forests barely feature in the draft text, but runaway climate change could devastate the forests which more than a billion people directly rely on for their survival. Forests also play a crucial role in regulating the climate. Whichever way you look at it, the outcome of the Paris agreement is also an outcome for forests.
Kate Dooley  is in Paris, tracking the developments in the UN climate summit. She has written this overview of the talks from a forests perspective for Fern. Check back later in the  week for  further perspectives from Kate and other contributors.

New Report: Double Jeopardy: coal's threat to forests

Coal is the single biggest contributor to man-made climate change, while deforestation accounts for up to one-sixth of CO2 emissions. So when forests are torn down to make way for coal mines the danger to the planet intensifies.