Publications & Insight
Biomass and the EU Heating and Cooling strategy
As the EU discusses a new Heating and Cooling Strategy, to be published by the European Commission in this month, various industry lobbies representing the bioenergy, electricity, manufacturing and heating industry are fighting...
SDGs: Now the talk is over, time for action
On 25 September 2015, the world committed itself to tackling its biggest development issues when the UN General Assembly approved the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs, with their 169 targets, replace the eight...
Cameroonian civil society expresses concern about ERPIN
Cameroonian NGOs are calling on Carbon Fund participants, including the EU, to not endorse Cameroon’s Emission Reductions Program Idea Note (ERPIN).
Participants of the Carbon Fund are meeting in Brussels on 13 October to discuss...
New DRC Ministerial Order puts people and forests at risk
A new Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) Ministerial Order threatens to have a detrimental effect on local communities.
The order, Arrêté No. 050 of 25 September 2015, creates a new category of ‘artisanal’ logging concessions,...
News in brief - October 2015
Fern’s partner in Malaysia, Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM), has released a publication on the Penan community outlining the continuing failure of the Sarawak State Government and the Federal Government of Malaysia to resolve...
China’s economic woes: good for forests?
Should environmentalists welcome the collapse of the Shanghai stock market?The question is less ridiculous than it seems. Soaring consumption of agricultural products in China – fuelled by an economy that grew ten per cent a year...
Robinson Djeukam Njinga Memorial
On 19 August 2015 our dear friend and colleague, Robinson Djeukam Njinga, an environmental and social justice lawyer and activist in Cameroon, passed away suddenly in a hospital in Yaoundé. With his passing, Fern and many others...
Laos: to protect elephants, protect forests
Two hundred years ago an estimated 50,000 elephants lived in Laos. Today, just 900 remain in the wild.
A massive increase in logging in recent decades has destroyed their natural habitat, Laos’s forests, which as recently as 40...
Time to Rethink? A Critique of Rural Land Law in Côte d’Ivoire
The objective of this paper is to critique rural land law and forest law in Côte d’Ivoire from an Africa-wide perspective. The paper starts with an overview of customary land tenure across Africa, and different countries’...