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Forest Strategy gives EU mandate to start healing Europe’s forests
Despite fierce lobbying from some Member States, the European Council today gave a green light for efforts to start protecting Europe’s forests. The Council adopted Conclusions on the EU Forest Strategy which gives the EU Commission the mandate to move ahead on the Strategy’s positive measures, notably a new regulation on Forest Observation, Reporting and Data Collection, which would allow for a better understanding of forest management and climate change impacts in managed forests.
The Rights Path to Restoration
The world needs a great global forest restoration. But for that to work climatically, socially or ecologically it also needs a global restoration of land rights for forest dwellers. By Fred Pearce.
A Just Transition
Conversations with foresters on the drawbacks of intensive forestry and the solutions offered by close-to-nature practices
NGOs support a Forest Strategy that addresses current challenges for forests
Forests are the bedrock of nature, our climate, and the European quality of life and way of life. Europe has a diversity of forests, but the challenges they face go beyond borders and require a new approach, encapsulated in the...
The Rights Path
The world needs a great global forest restoration. But to succeed, it will require the restoration of the rights of forest dwellers: the people who know forests best and have the most reason to defend and nurture them, says Fred Pearce, award-winning writer and Fern board member.
COP26 delegations dream of a trillion trees but on whose land?
As COP26 nears, the UK is promoting Nature-Based Solutions as a get out of jail card. But planting trees without respecting local rights will do more harm than good, says Chiara Vitali.
The European Parliament wants EU biodiversity policies to work for vulnerable peoples and to boost development
As United Nations biodiversity and climate meetings approach, the Parliament pushes for greater coherence among policies that affect conservation as well as the rights and livelihoods of people in timber producing countries.
Biodiversity and climate change: The EU needs a better set of monitoring tools
Funded forestry actions should demonstrate sustainability, but the European Court of Auditors find it is difficult to assess anything with current means of measuring
Ministries split on the Forest Strategy
Member State governments must be fearless in putting forests, climate and public interests dead centre in the upcoming discussion on the Forest Strategy.