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...
Transparency and the timber trade: under construction
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...
The long road to timber legality: Taking stock of the EU-Vietnam VPA timber trade deal
On 19 October 2018, after eight years of negotiations, the Voluntary Partnership Agreement – a timber trade deal between the European Union (EU) and Vietnam – was signed in Brussels. Civil society has been rightly concerned about...