Forests and our climate are intrinsically linked as deforestation accounts for around ten per cent of global carbon dioxide emissions; climate change of more than two degrees will destroy many of the world’s forests and restoration of degraded forests could remove 500 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Despite this, forests in Africa, the Americas, Asia, Australasia and Europe, are heavily degraded and under threat. Concerted efforts are needed to work with forest dependent communities to restore forests to their former status as homes and stores of carbon.
Fern actively campaigns for EU climate policy which encourages restoration of European forests and doesn’t subsidise the burning of trees for energy. We are also calling on the international civil aviation organisation to adopt policies which won’t lead to runaway climate change. We do this by working with scientists to analyse and propose policies and NGOs and policy makers to put better policies into practice.
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Forests play a key role in tackling climate change
This briefing note from Coordination SUD and Fern analyses the issues we need to address to ensure forests help deliver tropical forested countries' Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). This includes respect for communities’ rights and preserving their livelihoods, protecting and restoring biodiversity, and improved forest governance. Tackling these challenges will require effective civil society participation.
Europe’s National Energy and Climate Plans to 2030: Are they fit for purpose?
Die nationalen Energie- und Klimapläne der EU-Mitgliedstaaten sollen bis Ende diesen Jahres veröffentlicht werden. Es ist von entscheidender Bedeutung, dass sie zielführend sind, da sie erklären, wie wir die EU-Klimaziele in den...
Commission recognises the importance of forests in 2050 low carbon strategy
Brussels, 28th November 2018 - The European Commission today underlined the crucial, positive role forests and land should play in fighting climate change, as it called for the European Union (EU) to reach net zero emissions by...
The Dark Side of the Bioeconomy: Climate Catastrophe, Forest Destruction, and Human Rights Abuses
Over 115 Organisations from 40 countries hold day of action to reject the “BioFuture Platform”.
An international coalition of more than 120 organisations from 40 countries today warns that the rapid global growth of the so-called...