Return of the trees
Global governments have been discussing how to deal with climate change at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) meetings since 1992. As the decades progress, emissions have continued to rise: We are now so close to the maximum atmospheric carbon dioxide the world can handle that as well as decarbonising our energy, transport and food infrastructure, and halting deforestation, countries will need to also remove emissions from the atmosphere.
The only scientifically proven way to do this is to plant and restore forests, but we must never forget that for people who live in and depend on forests, they’re not just carbon sinks: they are their pharmacy, their culture, their supermarket and their home.
They have an intimate understanding of their land and their environment. For them, restoring the forest is not just about protecting the climate, it’s about providing for their family and improving their future. No one is better placed to restore and protect our forests than the people whose livelihoods directly depend upon it.
Fern works with forest, climate and human rights experts to ensure our work benefits people, the climate and biodiversity.
This means ensuring efforts to increase the carbon forests sequester are done as well as, not instead of emissions reduction work in other areas. We promote policy measures which increase biodiversity, and campaign for the involvement of local people and civil society in designing and implementing forest restoration projects.
Restoration related resources
Biodiversity first: How European forests can help tackle the climate crisis
The European Union (EU) has pledged to become carbon neutral by 2050. This will require us to both drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to increase carbon dioxide removals – negative emissions.
This briefing shows why...
Repairing nature now, not tomorrow
The European Climate Law proposed by the European Commission outlines the path European Union (EU) Member States must follow to achieve carbon neutrality. Responding to the proposal, lead rapporteur in the European Parliament, Jytte Guteland, has put forward ambitious targets for emissions reductions, but the strategy to absorb emissions remains shaky.
Biodiversity strategy: the European Commission lays the path for a greener future in the wake of COVID-19
The launch today of the EU’s Biodiversity Strategy could be a landmark moment for European forests. As well as headline targets to protect land and sea areas, the Strategy foresees binding restoration targets and measures in 2021,...