Publications & Insight
MEPs condemn land grabs
On 12 March 2015, the European Parliament strongly condemned Tanzania’s government for land grabbing, evictions and violence against its Maasai people. This follows on from the November 2014 tweet sent by Tanzania’s President...
Taking stock: Tracking trends in European Aid for forests and communities
Forests and forest-dependent communities are under increasing pressure due to infrastructure projects and the demand for agricultural commodities. Although there is growing recognition of the importance of forests in mitigating...
The EU’s 'stolen goods'
Recently, we have seen the emergence of a grave new threat: Tropical forests are now being destroyed not so much for their timber, but to make way for commercial agriculture — driven by the insatiable demand of the “global north” for products such as palm oil, beef and soy. The consequences, both for the fight against climate change and for forest-dependent communities, are catastrophic.
Stolen Goods: The EU’s complicity in illegal tropical deforestation
Previous studies commissioned by the EU have shown that the EU has been leading the world in imports of ‘embodied deforestation’ in the form of agricultural and timber products. This study goes a step further, by showing that the...
EU a Global Leader in Consumption of Goods from Illegally Deforested Land Valued at EUR 6 Billion Annually
Released at the same time as Fern's new report Stolen Goods, this press release reveals that almost a quarter of the world trade in agricultural goods produced on land illegally cleared of forest is destined for the EU; the...
EU consumption and illegal deforestation
Half of all tropical deforestation since 2000 has been caused by illegal clearance of forests for commercial agriculture. This briefing is a summary of Fern’s new study "Stolen Goods", which reveals that the EU is one of the...
Beyond biodiversity offsetting; trading away community rights in Gabon
This is the fourth in a series of briefing notes outlining concerns and considerations related to global proposals to offset biodiversity loss. This briefing note analyses a dangerous new proposal being discussed in Gabon for a...