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
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...
Integrating women’s rights into forest protection is non-negotiable
To celebrate International Women’s Day, Fern interviewed our newest Board member Korto Reeves Williams, who is renowned for her work advancing women’s rights and tackling gender inequality.
Making the European Green Deal work for International Partnerships
The European Commission’s Green Deal can help solving the international climate and biodiversity emergencies by shaping stronger and more sustainable partnerships with tropical forested countries. But this will only succeed, if it...