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
European Green Deal must strengthen partner countries’ recovery from the COVID-19 crisis
Fern and 15 other NGOs working on climate, environment, human rights and sustainable development issues have released a statement on the EU’s response to the COVID-19 crisis.
The statement welcomes EU leadership in supporting...
Indonesia’s response to coronavirus threatens to increase illegal logging
Perrine Fournier explains how the EU should react.
Liberia's Ebola lessons can help communities beat coronavirus
On March 16, Liberia’s first recorded coronavirus case was confirmed to be a government official who had just returned from the Green Climate Fund’s board meeting in Switzerland. The news sparked immediate recriminations. This was...
Forest governance and climate action in the Republic of Congo : Challenges and perspectives
This report, produced in collaboration with Climate Analytics and Rencontre pour la Paix et les Droits de l'Homme (RPDH), demonstrates that only good governance will allow Congo's forests to play a crucial role in the fight...