Publications & Insight
NGO letter calling for EU Strategy on supply-side measures to complement the EU Regulation on deforestation-free products
On Friday 22 April 2022, a group of NGOs including Fern wrote to Ministers of Foreign Affairs and International Development and Cooperation, Ministers of the Environment, and Ministers of Agriculture of the Members States of the...
FLEGT Voluntary Partnership Agreements 2.0
A response to the European Commission FLEGT Fitness Check, and options for the future
FLEGT: Back from the brink
The EU was about to discard its best weapon in the fight against illegal logging. Then civil society groups around the world pushed back. Marie-Ange Kalenga looks at a crisis that was averted.
FLEGT VPA paved the way for the US-Vietnam Timber Agreement
A US-Vietnam agreement underscores FLEGT’s broad impact
Forest Governance 4 - October 2021
To preserve the Congo Basin rainforest and reduce carbon emissions, CSOs need continued oversight
CAR: Independent Forest Monitors are making a comeback
The political instability that still confronts the Central African Republic undermines the protection and inclusive management of its forests. Almost non-existent government control and increases in chaotic logging threaten the...
FLEGT and EUTR Fitness Checks: Continued lack of transparency about EU plans
Ironically, the future of the programme that insisted on openness in partner countries’ forest sectors is frustratingly opaque.
Ghana: A new minister has boosted momentum for FLEGT licensing
In Ghana, long-standing roadblocks to progress on forest governance are now being tackled by a new Minister.
Progress towards strong forest governance in Voluntary Partnership Agreement countries 2018-2020
Tropical forests and those who depend on them are at greatest risk where their governance is weak. The Voluntary Partnership Agreements (VPAs) that the EU - and, post-Brexit, the UK independently - establishes with forested...
NGOs across the globe urge European Commission to uphold commitments to FLEGT
Forest rich countries have invested time, energy, and resources in cleaning up their forest sector and have achieved important successes. NGOs have joined forces to tell the European Commission that the Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade Action Plan is more important than ever.