News in brief September 2016
Oil palm concessions and illegal loggers are continually encroaching upon Liberia’s dense forests. Fern’s new Video Blog with James Otto of the Sustainable Development Institute in Liberia gives a breakdown of the problems many...
News in brief July 2016
The Council of Environmental Ministers adopted Conclusions on a Circular Economy Action Plan, on 20 June 2016, in which they ask the Commission to take more action to ensure sustainable sourcing and supply of raw materials. From a...
Brexit, forests and the future of European decision making
For many living in the UK but feeling European, the referendum verdict was a great shock. With offices both in Brussels and the UK, Fern staff feel the decision particularly strongly. We have worked with Member States, MEPs,...
Council offers hope to control destructive EU consumption
In the uncertain times following Brexit, the 28 June 2016 Council Conclusionson the EU’s Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade (FLEGT) programme strike a heartening note.
NGOs requested that the Council express strong...
EU Council: Can Slovakia make progress on climate and energy?
As the Dutch presidency draws to a close, eyes turn now to Slovakia, which takes the helm of the EU Council from July to December.
The Dutch presidency came at a crucial time for the FLEGT Action Plan as described here or above....
Palm oil giant under pressure to source sustainably
Cargill, one of the world’s largest agricultural trading companies, has set a deadline of 15 July 2016 for Malaysian palm oil group IOI to come up with a responsible sourcing policy. IOI is at the centre of a row over...
Climate Negotiations: Immediate action overlooked as discord revealed
The first session of climate negotiations since the adoption of the Paris Agreement has failed to prioritise immediate action to reduce emissions.
Developing countries, who are already feeling the negative impacts of a warming...
Commission inundated with requests to stop burning trees
The European Commission consultation process for a new sustainable bioenergy policy received 950 responses as well as 57,000 emails from concerned individuals asking the EU to stop burning trees for energy. Most of these were from...
EU Environment Ministers seek unearned credit for emission reductions
A letter written by Environment Ministers from 10 Member States could undermine the effectiveness of the Effort Sharing Decision (ESD), the EU’s most important instrument to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The letter to...
The movement to reform the Common Agricultural Policy gathers steam
A group of five MEPs from the Socialist and Democrat group from Belgium, France, Italy and Hungary have asked for a reconsideration of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). This builds on the March 2016 call by more than one...