Publications & Insight
Flows of biomass to and from the EU
This new report shows that the quantity of wood required to satisfy the European Union’s 20-20-20 target is likely to be too large to be met by increased production within the EU. Member States will have to rely on importing wood...
Central America’s first VPA? Perspectives on FLEGT in Honduras
In early April 2011, and following some initial contacts between Honduras and the European Union (EU) in mid-2010, a series of meetings and workshops were held in Honduras with the objective to explore the potential negotiation of...
Forest Governance and the Voluntary Partnership Agreement: Deepening forest sector reform in Liberia
On 9 May 2011 the government of Liberia and the European Union (EU) signed a Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) in the Liberian capital, Monrovia. The aim of the agreement is to improve forest governance by tackling the problem...
Annual Report 2011
2011 demonstrated just how unfit for purpose the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS) really is. At the start of the year, trading in the schemes’ carbon allowances was paralysed for several weeks when a series of thefts exposed the EU ETS’ vulnerability to fraud, theft and malpractice...
Designed to fail? The concepts, practices and controversies behind carbon trading.
Carbon trading has become the central pillar of international efforts to halt climate change. It is a term that most people will recognise, but far fewer will have a good understanding of what it means and how it is supposed to...
FERN statement to the Forest Stewardship Council on withdrawing FERNs membership
In a position paper presented to the FSC General Assembly in 2008, FERN and other FSC members from the environmental and economic chamber highlighted the changes necessary for the FSC to regain and retain its credibility. In 2009,...
ForestWatch special: Legally binding agreement on forests in Europe: “same, same but different”?
Ministers will gather in mid June 2011 in Oslo to take a decision about whether to enter into negotiations on a legally binding agreement (LBA) for forests in Europe. NGOs question what the added value of this instrument will be...
Financing nuclear times
This newspaper style publication is available in hard copy from firstname.lastname@example.org. It outlines the history of Export Credit Agencies' support for the nuclear industry and concludes by detailing the destructive projects still in the...
Lessons learnt from FLEGT for REDD - Summary
This report explains why ignoring key lessons from initiatives to control illegal logging (such as the EU's Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade Action Plan (FLEGT) will lead REDD to a dead-end.
It builds on FERN's nearly...