The European Union spends billions each year on Development Aid. This can benefit forests and forest-dependent peoples through support to projects that tackle climate change and biodiversity loss, strengthen local communities' rights, or reduce illegal logging. But such aid can also harm them if it supports large infrastructure developments or conservation projects that trample the rights of local people.
To achieve this we keep track of European development aid policies and spending to see how it affects forests. We work with partners in Europe and timber producing countries and open space for them to be involved in the design and implementation of policies and programmes that affect them. Fern currently campaigns for strong implementation of the EU Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade Action Plan and researches how communities can better benefit from forests.
Development Aid related resources
Congo Basin meeting in Brussels: time for stronger action
A more ambitious plan is needed to protect forests and meet people’s aspirations in the second-largest rainforest in the world. Governments, civil society and the private sector convened in Brussels, 27 - 28 November 2018, for the...
Poor governance breaks up families: A loving tribute to Priso
Last Friday (December 7) I arrived in Yaoundé, Cameroon’s capital, to work with Fern’s longstanding partner, the Centre for Environment and Development (CED). The purpose of my visit was to formalise our 2019 plans for how to...
Groundbreaking report sends strong message to the EU on the forest crisis
Now is the time for greater leadership from the Commission and EU Member States to end tropical deforestation and support governance reforms. The European Parliament’s new report