Publications & Insight
What Climate Strategy for European Forests? Rethinking their contribution to climate neutrality
The European Union (EU) has pledged to become carbon neutral by 2050. This will require us to both drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to increase carbon dioxide removals. Many countries rely heavily on scenarios that...
Letting trees age: an effective climate strategy
French forests are currently at a crossroads. Ever since the 2007 Grenelle Environment Forum, France, like many European countries, has allowed industrial wood energy projects to proliferate. Now the urgent need to deal with the...
Can tree planting solve climate change?
Tree planting schemes have always been popular, but never more so than today, where they are frequently promoted as a proposed solution to the climate crisis. There is a long, painful history of bad tree plantation projects,...
What are negative emissions?
Negative Emissions is one of the terms used by climate scientists in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) for activities that remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Other terms include Carbon Dioxide Removal...
Biodiversity first: How European forests can help tackle the climate crisis
The European Union (EU) has pledged to become carbon neutral by 2050. This will require us to both drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to increase carbon dioxide removals – negative emissions.
This briefing shows why...
Annual Report 2019
The world’s forests, and the rights of many who depend on them, remained under assault in 2019.
These attacks came from many directions: from the erosion of environmental and human rights protections in Brazil under President Jair Bolsonaro, to the Amazon fires; from the EU’s devastating bioenergy policy, to its raft of Free Trade Agreements with forested countries to increase our insatiable consumption of products that drive deforestation; from a lack of secure tenure rights for people depending on forests for their survival, to failures of transparency and accountability in the forest sector…
EU Climate Law report remains dangerously vague on the role of ‘negative emissions’
Positive elements in the new Draft report must not be thwarted by over-reliance on ‘negative emissions’.
Germany’s Corona EU Presidency – what impact on the world’s forests?
Germany has a chance to raise climate ambition and shape three important relationships.
Repairing nature now, not tomorrow
The European Climate Law proposed by the European Commission outlines the path European Union (EU) Member States must follow to achieve carbon neutrality. Responding to the proposal, lead rapporteur in the European Parliament, Jytte Guteland, has put forward ambitious targets for emissions reductions, but the strategy to absorb emissions remains shaky.
Biodiversity strategy: the European Commission lays the path for a greener future in the wake of COVID-19
The launch today of the EU’s Biodiversity Strategy could be a landmark moment for European forests. As well as headline targets to protect land and sea areas, the Strategy foresees binding restoration targets and measures in 2021,...