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Environmental tools in EC Development Cooperation

This report follows on from the 2007 FERN, BirdLife and WWF report ‘Transparency and availability of EC aid documentation | a review’. It provides an analysis of 21 geographically-diverse country and regional environmental profiles in order to assess the quality and value of the information they provide.

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Annual Report 2007

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Export Credit Debt. How ECA support to corporations indebts the world's poor

This briefing note by Both ENDS and FERN highlights the fairly hidden role of Export Credit Agencies (ECAs) in the debt problems of many developing countries. It explains how export credit debt comes about, and clarifies how the cancellation of export credit debt is written off with Official Development Assistance (ODA) money.  It concludes with suggestions about how ECAs should change, in order to become coherent with international efforts to reduce poverty through sustainable development.

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Still waiting for the benefits

Establishing good relations between wildlife resources in the reserve and the local and indigenous communities living in and around the reserve is the most important element to be considered in subsequent phases of the ECOFAC programme. This report puts forward recommendations for how this can be achieved.

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Transparency and availability of EC aid documentation | a review

FERN, BirdLife and WWF study analysing the public availability of the environmental tools currently used in EC cooperation and aid plans, focussing on Country Environmental Profiles (CEPs), Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs), and Strategic Environmental Assessments (SEAs).

Revised Strategy for the Integration of the Environment into EU Development Cooperation

FERN, WWF, BirdLife International and IUCN comments to the revision and updating of the Environment Integration Strategy for EU Development Cooperation.
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Forestwatch Issue 117

  • FLEGT negotiations a mixed bag
  • Swiss bank pulls out of Ilisu Dam - Bank Austria under pressure
  • CBD takes up agrofuels debate
  • GM poplar tree field trial linked to agrofuels
  • NATURA 2000 warning for Bulgaria
  • EC aid - towards an environmental integration strategy
  • No democratic scrutiny for EU-ACP aid programmes?
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Shared NGO concerns and proposals on the programming of EC Thematic Programmes

Joint NGO – including environment, development, human rights and migration – exercise with proposals for better programming. The document stresses that the process of programming is not just a technical matter and that the way to organise such a process has important political consequences, not least on the quality of the programmes and the level of public acceptance of policies.

Proposals are grouped into five sections covering the following:
  • Consultation and planning
  • Role for European NGOs
  • Complementarity with geographic programmes and global funds
  • Role of the European Parliament
  • A strengthened approach to cross-cutting issues
This document is a follow up of the January 2006 Joint NGO statement on the rationalisation of the EC's thematic funding instruments in the field of external relations.
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Provoking change - A toolkit for African NGOs

This Advocacy Toolkit is for local and national NGOs, but specifically for those based in West Africa, as the case studies and background information are focused on this region. This toolkit was produced by FERN at the request of a network of environmental NGOs in West Africa: the Green Actors of West Africa (GAWA).

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Integrating environmental issues in EU - ACP aid strategies

A Briefing Note prepared by FERN and WWF as background document for the workshop: “Why (not) mainstream? - A critical  assessment of the results of a decade of gender and environmental mainstreaming.” The purpose of the workshop is  to engage with different issue-based groups on the advantages  and disadvantages of mainstreaming in development cooperation.