International Criminal Court’s new focus must ensure EU companies tread lightly
In a move that could have profound implications for some EU companies, the International Criminal Court (ICC) recently announced that it is now assessing crimes against humanity in a broader context. The Office of the Prosecutor,...
Trade rules undermine action to address climate change
As countries take action to protect the climate, conflicts between trade rules and climate goals will escalate, concludes “The Climate Cost of Free Trade,” a September 2016 report by the Institute for Agriculture and Trade policy....
LULUCF proposal in the hands of Parliament now
NGOs welcomed the release of the European Commission’s proposal for a Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry (LULUCF) Regulation, as an improvement on existing rules, despite concerns that it reduces overall ambition. NGOs,...
News in brief October 2016
Systemic illegalities persist in the Republic of Congo’s (RoC) forest sector, despite the Voluntary Partnership Agreement (FLEGT VPA) it signed with the EU to combat illegal timber trade. The RoC’s Independent Monitor of the...
How UN aviation deal is cheating the climate
EU banks lend money to alleged land-grabbers
Banks based in the European Union are major funders of companies at high risk of involvement in land-grabbing and deforestation, according to new research by Fern.
The study examines the sources of finance of 23 large companies...
EU bioenergy policy debate heating up
Just weeks before the expected 30 November launch of the European Commission’s ‘Winter Package’ on climate and energy policies a group of 11 NGOs, including Fern have launched a paper with recommendations for a new EU sustainable...
Fern’s contribution to the EU vision for the future of development policy
In its recent submission to the EU Commission’s consultation on future EU development policy, Fern stated that EU policies should be judged by their impact on small farmers and local communities as well as the environment and...
Academics document FLEGT VPA successes
The EU Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) process has been remarkably effective in improving governance and combatting illegal logging in Indonesia and Ghana. This is the conclusion of an academic paper that...