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.
Climate related resources
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,...
European Green Deal must strengthen partner countries’ recovery from the COVID-19 crisis
Fern and 15 other NGOs working on climate, environment, human rights and sustainable development issues have released a statement on the EU’s response to the COVID-19 crisis.
The statement welcomes EU leadership in supporting...