Publications & Insight
Forest Watch 275 - May 2022
The EU’s opportunities to tackle climate change ... and Brazil’s plans for the Amazon
Blogs, Forest Watch
Forests and Indigenous land rights will be key in Brazil’s upcoming general election
Pierre-Jean Sol Brasier’s visit to Brazil offers insights about the stakes of the path to be chosen next October.
News, Forest Watch
European biomass industry confirms it is burning large amounts of “low-quality stemwood” (tree trunks)
The world’s climate and biodiversity are in a perilous state; there is no time to waste: the EU must ensure the revised Renewable Energy Directive discourages forest destruction.
News, Forest Watch
Parliament could still push for ambitious forest climate policy
The Commission is proposing to amend its land use, land use change and forestry regulation to achieve climate goals, but other political and private actors must stop seeking out loopholes.
In recent years, Fern has supported journalists in forested countries to report on critical issues facing their nations’ forests. A remarkable investigative journalism project in Liberia is continuing that tradition.
A step in the right direction
The EU’s climate and human rights ambitions have long been thwarted by its free trade policies. The Commission is now showing signs of rectifying this, but it has some way to go say eight leading NGOs.
Op ed from Swedish NGOs about the EU's law to tackle deforestation
The European Parliament and Council are currently debating changes to the Commission’s proposal for a Deforestation-free products regulation. Swedish NGOs originally published this article in the Swedish Media to call out the negative role that their country is playing, weakening the regulation and urging them to unite with other Member States in the fight against global deforestation and forest degradation.
NGO letter calling for EU Strategy on supply-side measures to complement the EU Regulation on deforestation-free products
On Friday 22 April 2022, a group of NGOs including Fern wrote to Ministers of Foreign Affairs and International Development and Cooperation, Ministers of the Environment, and Ministers of Agriculture of the Members States of the...
News, Briefing Notes
Fern’s analysis of the European Parliament's rapporteur's draft position on the EU Regulation on deforestation-free products
On 24 March 2022, the EP rapporteur Luxembourgish Member of the European Parliament (MEP) Christophe Hansen of the centre-right European People’s Party (EPP) released his draft report on the proposed EU Regulation on deforestation-free products. This short document is a follow up of Fern’s rapid assessment of the Commission’s proposal.