Publications & Insight
Forest Governance 5 - June 2022
Fern’s partners in Ghana, Liberia, the Congo Basin and Brazil share their opposing views on the effect the EU Regulation on deforestation-free products
Ghana’s VPA progress holds vital lessons for EU Deforestation Regulation
The EU’s Proposed Regulation on deforestation-free products is potentially a crucial tool for fighting deforestation in Ghana and could complement the Voluntary Partnership Agreements (VPAs) the EU has signed with many...
EU-Cote d’Ivoire-Ghana dialogue on sustainable cocoa production and trade
This letter was sent to Hon. Patrick Jerome Achi, Prime Minister of Cote d’Ivoire; Hon. Joseph Boahen Aidoo, Chief Executive Officer, Ghana Cocoa Board; H.E. Diana Acconcia, EU Ambassador to Ghana; Hon. Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto,...
As the first round of EU-Ghana-Cote d’Ivoire Cocoa Talks wraps up, the way ahead is still unclear
The EU, Ghana & Cote d’Ivoire must commit to concrete actions when talks resume after autumn 2021.
News, Forest Watch
UK due diligence proposals: The people have spoken
On 5 October 2020 the UK government closed its first round of consultation on a proposed law designed to prevent forests and other important natural areas from being illegally converted into agricultural land (FW 258). This...
Webinars on the EU and UK consultations on Regulatory Proposals to Halt Deforestation
Highlights of the webinar:
The webinars in Brazilian Portuguese, English, French, and Spanish (click on the links for the slides) were attended by over 100 participants, including civil society from producer countries, as well...
Key elements for an agreement between the EU and cocoa-producing countries, to ensure sustainability in the cocoa sector
The European Commission is exploring bilateral agreements with the governments of Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire to ensure sustainability in the cocoa sector, and in particular to tackle deforestation, farmer poverty and child labour.
Annual Report 2019
The world’s forests, and the rights of many who depend on them, remained under assault in 2019.
These attacks came from many directions: from the erosion of environmental and human rights protections in Brazil under President Jair Bolsonaro, to the Amazon fires; from the EU’s devastating bioenergy policy, to its raft of Free Trade Agreements with forested countries to increase our insatiable consumption of products that drive deforestation; from a lack of secure tenure rights for people depending on forests for their survival, to failures of transparency and accountability in the forest sector…
Cocoa: why the European Union must act now to eliminate deforestation and child labour from the chocolate we love
European countries are the world’s largest importers of the cocoa beans whose production is devastating rainforests in West Africa and driving millions of children into child labour. To prevent this, chocolate companies and NGOs...