Publications & Insight
FLEGT: Back from the brink
The EU was about to discard its best weapon in the fight against illegal logging. Then civil society groups around the world pushed back. Marie-Ange Kalenga looks at a crisis that was averted.
News, Briefing notes
Fern’s response to the proposed Regulation on deforestation-free products
After decades of trusting companies to tackle the problem voluntarily, on 17 November 2021, the European Commission released their proposed Regulation on deforestation-free products. This is a watershed moment in the battle to end Europe’s major role in destroying the world’s forests.
Building alliances for equitable climate action for people and the planet
In 2021, CARE France, Coordination Sud, GRET and Fern organised a series of webinars to discuss civil society’s role in implementing climate action that protects biodiversity and local communities. These meetings provided an...
Keep calm and COP out: 26th UN Climate Conference offers promises instead of action
Many were alarmed by the last-minute wording change at COP26 on phasing coal 'down' rather than phasing it 'out'. But the discussions on forests also need careful scrutinising.
Landmark EU anti-deforestation law proposal could clean up supply chains; could it also reduce global deforestation?
The European Commission’s proposed EU law to restrict products linked to deforestation from entering the EU is a watershed moment in the battle to end Europe’s major role in destroying the world’s forests. After decades of...
Forest Strategy gives EU mandate to start healing Europe’s forests
Despite fierce lobbying from some Member States, the European Council today gave a green light for efforts to start protecting Europe’s forests. The Council adopted Conclusions on the EU Forest Strategy which gives the EU Commission the mandate to move ahead on the Strategy’s positive measures, notably a new regulation on Forest Observation, Reporting and Data Collection, which would allow for a better understanding of forest management and climate change impacts in managed forests.
News, NGO statements
NGO recommendations on deforestation regulation
A group of 55+ NGOs wrote to Executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans and Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries Virginius Sinkevičius regarding the forthcoming proposal for EU legislation to regulate the placing on the EU market of commodities and products associated with deforestation and forest degradation.
Forest Watch 270 - November 2021
What does the COP26 Glasgow Leaders’ Declaration mean for forests and what are the latest updates on the EU deforestation regulation?
Good COP/Bad COP: What does the Glasgow Leaders’ Declaration on Forests and Land Use really mean?
The Declaration is a positive step; let’s hope this time they mean it.