Europe's Dark Winter
How will people and forests survive the energy crisis?
COP27: Congo Basin countries must increase ambition to protect the world’s second green lung
The November 2022 Climate Change Conference (COP27), held in Egypt was the last milestone before the first Global Stocktake (GST) scheduled for 2023. The GST aims to assess the progress made in implementing Nationally Determined...
A gendered perspective of the proposed EU Regulation on deforestation-free products
The EU Regulation on deforestation-free products aims to curb deforestation and forest degradation driven by imports of forest and ecosystem-risk commodities. It is expected to be adopted in 2023.
This new report analyses drafts...
A carbon bomb in the heart of Europe
Will the EU biomass loophole give a lifeline to energy giant EPH’s coal power plants?
Ten things the legislative proposal on EU forest observation, reporting and data collection needs to consider
Member States are presently required to undertake limited EU level forest monitoring. This is problematic since forests are key to meeting EU biodiversity and climate goals, and there is a fast deteriorating trend in both. The...
Palm oil production, consumption and trade patterns: The outlook from an EU perspective
Palm oil is used in nearly everything, from pizza, doughnuts and chocolate, to deodorant, shampoo, toothpaste and lipstick. It is also used in animal feed and as a biofuel, especially in Indonesia and the European Union (EU).
News, Briefing Notes
Fern’s analysis of the European Parliament's rapporteur's draft position on the EU Regulation on deforestation-free products
On 24 March 2022, the EP rapporteur Luxembourgish Member of the European Parliament (MEP) Christophe Hansen of the centre-right European People’s Party (EPP) released his draft report on the proposed EU Regulation on deforestation-free products. This short document is a follow up of Fern’s rapid assessment of the Commission’s proposal.
News, NGO Statements
Rights-based NGOs urge the EU to ensure a smallholder-inclusive Regulation on deforestation-free products
Fern and four other NGOs have joined together to call on the European Parliament and Council to consider key recommendations for a just transition for smallholders, as part of the proposed EU Regulation on deforestation-free products.
Six problems with BECCS
The ongoing Fit For 55 discussions aim to increase Europe’s ambition in the fight against climate change, including the role of land in contributing to these efforts. As part of a larger debate on the role of negative emissions to...
News, NGO Statements
Civil Society calls on the EU and its Member States to strengthen the Proposed Regulation on Deforestation-Free Products
NGOs make 16 recommendations to the European Parliament and European Union (EU) Member States to preserve and improve the essential elements of the Commission’s proposal for a strong and ambitious EU anti-deforestation law.