Deadly price of activism
On May 23, 2015, it was reported that Jopi Peranginangin, an Indonesian activist “who opposed unbridled palm oil expansion,” was stabbed to death in Jakarta (the motive is not yet clear). Four days later a report emerged of a...
Sarawak Chief Minister’s fine words on forest corruption must lead to action
Sarawak state government actions do not match recent statements made by Adenan Satem, Taib Mahmud’s successor as Chief Minister of Sarawak since March 2014. In May 2015, Satem reiterated his commitment (FW199) to take on...
News in brief - issue 205
As Fern pointed out in last month’s ForestWatch, four important EU consultations are now open. For a brief explanation of each consultation, please refer to FW204.
Consultation on the evaluation of the EU Timber Regulation (EUT...
Protecting Forests, Respecting Rights: Options for EU Action on deforestation and forest degradation
This report examines the EU’s “Deforestation Footprint” – its role in global deforestation. It looks at important action the EU has taken, through the Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Action Plan to improve how...
Who takes the credit? REDD+ in a post-2020 UN climate agreement
This briefing note addresses the risks that could arise if Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+) were to be included in an international climate agreement. Specifically, it looks at ‘double-counting’,...
Could the Central African Republic's forests be a way forward?
Conflict in the CAR is allowing illegal deforestation to rise, but turning that around could help bring lasting peace
News in brief - May 2015
Seeing the forests through the trees, a new report from Fern analysing the ‘transparency annexes’ of Voluntary Partnership Agreements (VPA) in five African countries, shows that VPA implementation is helping increase disclosure of...
The Dutch show the way: Debate on biomass becomes a burning matter
On 28 April 2015, the European Parliament voted to cap the use of, and subsidies for ‘land-based’ biofuels to meet the 2020 renewable energy target. Although sustainability concerns associated with biofuels remain, this deal...