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
Forest management and climate change: a new approach to the french mitigation strategy
A new report challenges whether France’s long-term forest strategy will fight climate change. The report shows the flaws in the French plan to produce heat and electricity from burning wood and offers an alternative vision where forests can play their role in fighting the climate breakdown, become more resilient to future shocks and still providing for timber needs.
Green Deal could be a springboard for ambitious forest action
Brussels, December 11 – The European Commission’s proposed Green Deal contains two standalone forest initiatives, indicating that EU politicians understand how close forests are to Europeans’ hearts. But poor implementation could...
Europe’s National Energy and Climate Plans to 2030: Are they fit for purpose?
The National Energy and Climate Plans, due to be published by the end of 2019 will determine whether and how we limit global heating to 1.5 degrees.
Fern has conducted an analysis of the plans of five Member States – Sweden,...
A Green New Deal for Forests
Ursula von der Leyen, President-elect of the European Commission, has promised to deliver a European Green Deal in her first 100 days in office. For such a deal to truly tackle the challenges of climate change, it will need to ensure healthy growing forests inside and outside of Europe that are good for people, our climate and nature.