Progress towards strong forest governance in Voluntary Partnership Agreement countries 2018-2020
Tropical forests and those who depend on them are at greatest risk where their governance is weak. The Voluntary Partnership Agreements (VPAs) that the EU - and, post-Brexit, the UK independently - establishes with forested...
The Forest Strategy must support people, nature and the climate, and not bow to industry pressure
This is statement signed by four pan European networks and 67 organisations from 20 countries across Europe calling on the European Commission to ensure the Forest Strategy supports people, nature and the climate.
A brief guide to the European Union
What is the European Union (EU), how does it work and, most importantly how can activists, civil society representatives and NGOs influence EU decisions and policies?
These are the questions answered by our new EU guide, written...
Pandemics, pets & packaging: why paper reduction needs to be at the forefront of forest campaigners’ minds
By Luisa Colasimone, Coordinator, Environmental Paper Network International
I would have never imagined that a pandemic would reveal the difficulties of reconciling my love of pets with my love for forests.
As the happy roommate...
Why bioenergy is not a climate solution
Tackling the climate crisis requires sustainable, just solutions. Burning wood that comes directly from the forest (primary forest biomass) releases vast emissions. Yet the industry has boomed in the last decade, leading...
The EU Renewable Energy Directive Recast
An opportunity to help meet climate and biodiversity objectives
Unsustainable and Ineffective: Why EU Forest Biomass Standards won't stop destruction
There has been intense criticism of the European Union (EU) Renewable Energy Directive (RED) for leading to adverse impacts on forests in Europe and beyond. To tackle these concerns, the EU developed sustainability criteria that...
Putting the Environment in Human Rights and Environmental Due Diligence
Ensuring corporate accountability for environmental impacts
in the upcoming EU directive on sustainable corporate governance
NGO recommendations on the future EU Regulation to address the forest, ecosystem, and human rights impacts associated with products placed on the EU market
The European Commission has committed to publish, in June 2021, a legislative proposal to minimise the risk of deforestation and forest degradation associated with products placed on the European Union (EU) market. This briefing...
Raising the bar: Strengthening EU biodiversity and climate leadership through FLEGT and Forest Partnerships
This statement summarises the views of civil society organisations (CSOs) from Asia and the Pacific, the Americas, Europe, and West and Central Africa. These organisations help address the key challenges threatening forests around...