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BLOG: Anti-money laundering not an easy weapon to use against timber crime

by Mark Gregory

Estimates suggest that between 15% and 30% of the international trade in timber comes from illicit sources. Nobody knows how much criminal money this generates but the figure is certain to run into billions of dollars every year.

BLOG: What does Brexit mean for forests?

For many living in the UK but feeling European, the referendum verdict comes as a great shock. Fern staff feel the decision particularly strongly as we have offices both in Brussels and the UK.

BLOG: HSBC – the bank we hate to love

by Mark Gregory

Why HSBC’s decision to keep its headquarters in the UK might be good news for forest campaigners.

BLOG: EU must come to its senses on biomass policies

By Linde Zuidema

Policy-makers must take heed of mounting opposition to the European Union’s disastrous use of wood to generate bioenergy.

BLOG: Dutch struggle over biomass is heating up

by Linde Zuidema

Since last year, the Dutch government has come under fire over its climate and energy policy. The main issue: a total phase out of coal and biomass co-firing.

BLOG: Despite reservations, we should stick with EUTR to tackle illegal timber trade

By Lindsay Duffield

Last week, UK newspaper the Guardian published a scathing article about a core EU regulation to prevent the trade in illegal timber, citing incomplete implementation and ‘no clear evidence’ that the EUTR is having any real effect on the illegal timber trade.

But the EU Timber Regulation (EUTR) is still in its infancy and, according to the latest European Commission report, is ‘highly relevant’ with the ‘potential to achieve its objectives’.

The Paris Agreement and Implications for Congo Basin Forest Communities

The negotiators who came to Paris from all corners of the earth for the climate change talks in December 2015 have long since dispersed. The colourful throngs of protestors are a distant memory. The world’s media have moved on to the next big story. Now that the dust has settled on the latest international effort to prevent catastrophic rises in global temperatures, we can take stock of what the Paris Agreement, which was signed on December 12, really means for those who are already feeling climate change’s devastating effects - specifically the forest communities of the Congo Basin, home to the second largest tropical forests in the world, after the Amazon’s.