Beyond commitments: How can Nationally Determined Contributions contribute to forest governance and resilient local communities?
In 2018, Fern and our partners revealed that many African states’ Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) pledges were not considering the need to improve forest governance. As countries are now preparing and communicating new...
How to ensure FLEGT is a success: Make sure we stay the course
This January 2020 Fern and LoggingOff's update on FLEGT VPAs shows the support the process is still receiving from civil society, governments and the private sector. It is written by Civil Society leaders across Africa, Asia and Latin America and shows their enthusiasm for the process despite the multiple challenges.
Healthy forests = equitable livelihoods, inclusive development and a resilient climate
This briefing endorsed by Client Earth, the Environmental Investigation Agency, Fern, Forest Peoples Programme, and Transparency International details what the EU can do to ensure that healthy forests contribute to local...
Deepening and expanding multi-stakeholder participation in VPAs to achieve greater impact
VPA update, June 2019
One of the unique features of Voluntary Partnership Agreements (VPAs) – which form a key part of the EU’s Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Action Plan – is that they allow a variety of actors (government, private sector, civil society and forest communities) to discuss how forests should be managed.
Bringing community forestry to the next level: A review of European support in the Congo Basin
In the past two decades, community forestry has yielded uneven results in the Congo Basin. The initial goal - enabling local communities to benefit directly from forest management - is not yet a reality. Problems include uneven...
Trade agreements and transparency: under construction – VPA update, December 2018
Illegal logging and the illicit timber trade thrive when legal frameworks, rights and benefits are unclear and complex to enforce. Transparency is therefore at the heart of Voluntary Partnership Agreements (VPAs) and over the last...
EU consumption of rubber and deforestation
Natural rubber plantations emerged as a significant source of deforestation, land grabs and human rights abuses in the first decade of the 21st century.
Three quarters of the world’s natural rubber production goes to...
Speaking truth to power: The village women taking on the palm oil giant
The Société Financière des Caoutchouc (Socfin) group is among the world’s biggest independent plantation owners, managing 187,000 hectares of mostly oil palm and rubber plantations in Asia and Africa, where it has been operating...
Rooting for change - VPA Update, June 2018
One year ago, forests and their crucial ecological and economic role were again at the forefront of the EU’s policy agenda. In June 2017, at the EU conference on illegal logging and deforestation, EU Commissioner for International...