FLEGT VPA paved the way for the US-Vietnam Timber Agreement
A US-Vietnam agreement underscores FLEGT’s broad impact
News, NGO Statements
NGOs are alarmed that EU anti-deforestation law could let soy-driven forest destruction off the hook
In a letter, a coalition of NGOs urged the EU Commission to ensure that all soy imports, including soybean cake and soy-protein concentrate (SPC), and those produced through the conversion of savannahs, are included in the scope...
History in the making?
The United States and the European Union are on the verge of passing historic anti-deforestation laws. But for all their strengths, both still have major flaws, write Nicole Polsterer and Etelle Higonnet.
Due diligence… but not just yet
With the delay of two legislative proposals on deforestation and sustainable corporate governance, accountability has been pushed back.
NGOs are concerned that EU anti-deforestation regulation would largely fail to address deforestation in Brazil
A group of NGOs shared their concerns about the upcoming EU legislation on forest and other ecosystem-risk commodities. If the regulation leaves out key high-risk cattle products, such as processed beef and hides, and excludes the...
Cameroon’s forests can be saved – but only with the support of local communities and environmental activists
Lush, tropical forests cover approximately 40 per cent of Cameroon, yet since 1990, more than three million hectares have been cleared – an area approximately the size of Belgium. The destruction is driven by agriculture, logging...
Independent forest monitoring in Congo: A governance tool at risk?
In the Republic of the Congo (RoC), the forestry sector continues to face governance challenges. Authorities often struggle to enforce laws and sanction illegal logging practices, and corruption remains omnipresent. Civil society...
CAR: Independent Forest Monitors are making a comeback
The political instability that still confronts the Central African Republic undermines the protection and inclusive management of its forests. Almost non-existent government control and increases in chaotic logging threaten the...
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...
NGOs are alarmed at the EU for possibly abandoning the fight against illegal logging and failing forested countries
This letter was sent to Prime Minister Janez Janša and Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian.
We are a group of environmental and human rights NGOs that work to advance forest governance and forest peoples’ rights globally. We are...