Publications & Insight
An activist’s guide to the EU
How does the EU impact the world and how can civil society influence EU policies?
The EU has a huge influence over the fate of the world’s forests.
Its trade deals, aid strategies, energy and climate policies, and imports of...
The power of land rights: why Peru's forest communities have lessons for us all
When Indigenous and forest communities have their right to land enshrined in law there are lower rates of deforestation. The Boca Pariamanu community in Peru is a clear example of the positive knock-on effects. That is why...
3 reasons land tenure is vital for forests, people and the planet
Indigenous land rights are essential to reduce deforestation, fight climate change and build resilient forests and communities. In fact, lands own or managed by Indigenous Peoples or local communities, hold over 36% of intact...
EU-Mercosur trade deal: What does it mean for Brazil?
Brazil's environmental policies affect some of the world’s most important forests and can have a devastating effect on the traditional communities that live in and off them. This has a knock-on effect on the climate, our planet,...
Why the European Union must halt free trade negotiations with Brazil
Sonia Guajajara, spokesperson of Brazilian Indigenous Peoples, explains the threats they currently face and ask the EU to support their struggles.
What is bioenergy? A global problem
Bioenergy may sound green, but it often means burning forests for energy. This is neither sustainable nor climate-friendly. Burning wood releases carbon dioxide, just like burning coal, but felling forests to feed the furnaces...
How to stop trade agreements from damaging forests and peoples' rights
The EU has made strong commitments to mitigate climate change, stop deforestation and respect human rights, including community rights to land. But they are at risk being undermined by trade agreements the EU is currently...
From the forests to the EU
Civil society explains how the EU can help protect forests and forest people rights
Around the world, about 1.6 billion people depend on forests for their survival. And yet, in 2017 alone, global tropical forests lost 15.8...
Community forests in Cameroon: what have we learnt so far?
Cameroon was the first country in Central Africa to trial community forestry. There have been challenges, but this film explains how to overcome those barriers. With thanks to Centre for the Environment and Development (CED)...
How community forestry can contribute to development and stability
Community forestry is our best chance to ensure forests remain standing and communities get the livelihoods and benefits they deserve. Fern's partners in Central African Republic and Republic of Congo explain why people who depend...