Robinson Djeukam Njinga Memorial
On 19 August 2015 our dear friend and colleague, Robinson Djeukam Njinga, an environmental and social justice lawyer and activist in Cameroon, passed away suddenly in a hospital in Yaoundé. With his passing, Fern and many others...
Laos: to protect elephants, protect forests
Two hundred years ago an estimated 50,000 elephants lived in Laos. Today, just 900 remain in the wild.
A massive increase in logging in recent decades has destroyed their natural habitat, Laos’s forests, which as recently as 40...
Time to Rethink? A Critique of Rural Land Law in Côte d’Ivoire
The objective of this paper is to critique rural land law and forest law in Côte d’Ivoire from an Africa-wide perspective. The paper starts with an overview of customary land tenure across Africa, and different countries’...
In Memoriam: Robinson Djeukam Njinga (1964 - 2015)
On 19 August 2015 our dear friend and colleague, Robinson Djeukam Njinga, an environmental and social justice lawyer and activist in Cameroon, passed away suddenly in a hospital in Yaoundé.
For more than 20 years Robinson was a...
Malaysian corruption hangs over VPA negotiations
Several events should serve as a salutary reminder for EU negotiators engaged in discussions with Malaysia since 2006 over a Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA). On 17 August 2015 the UK’s broadcasting regulator, Ofcom, found...
New Introducing FLEGT film
Fern has produced a new short video introducing FLEGT and its Voluntary Partnership Agreements, which provide a vital legal framework between the EU and timber-producing countries.
Fern strongly believes the FLEGT (Forest Law...
Biomass: EU imports from abroad on the rise
In August 2015, the New Scientist and the Biomass Magazine reported about a projected increase in supplies of wood pellets to the EU from Brazil and Russia respectively. This is not surprising, since the European Commission...
Making the new EU food and agriculture programme work for communities
The EU and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) have launched a major new programme intended to strengthen food security and promote sustainable agriculture in at least 35 countries. There is hope that the programme will...
Can the FLEGT VPA tackle forest governance in Laos?
Laos is stepping up its efforts to negotiate a Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade, Voluntary Partnership Agreement (FLEGT-VPA). The Prime Minister recently established a National Steering Committee, giving Lao civil...