Publications & Insight
European Forests, European Lives: Exhibition reveals forests' importance to Europeans
Throughout 2019, Luka Tomac collected stories from Germany, Sweden, Estonia and Latvia, bringing them together for an exhibition at the European Commission “European Forests, European lives” which puts faces to Europe’s forest stories to remind policy makers that there is a huge difference between tree plantations and real healthy forests. It aims to convince them that our forests deserve to not just be protected, but to also be restored.
Tree-planting is the talk of Davos: why this dangerous narrative must be challenged
Faced with a momentous challenge, politicians and business are recycling a failed solution. Caritas France proposes a more promising one that tackles both climate change and hunger.
What comes first with the EU-Vietnam trade deal, rights or ratification?
Guest Blog: Campaigner Lindsay Duffield explains some of the challenges ahead to make sure the EU-Vietnam trade agreement doesn‘t undermine human rights or climate change commitments.
25 years of building alliances to save the forests
Scot Quaranda of Dogwood Alliance chronicles how Fern has protected forests and peoples’ rights from the heart of Europe for 25 years.
Five EU forest trends to watch out for in 2020
In 2019, forests and forest peoples’ rights rose up the global political – and spiritual - agenda, and the EU made high profile commitments to protect forests abroad and at home as part of their European Green Deal. But will 2020 see such commitments turned into action? Here are five questions we hope to give positive answers to at the end of the year.
Ending corruption, improving forest governance: why it matters
Fern campaigner, Marie Ange Kalenga was invited to produce a blog for Transparency International’s 20th anniversary. Beyond obvious criminal implications, corruption is an assault on people, forests and the environment. It can be stopped.
Estonian Forest NGOs under pressure after challenging government forestry decision
Estonian environmental NGOs have had enough of being outgunned as they stand up to a mighty timber industry and some of its powerful government friends. In November 2019, several environmental NGOs sent a letter to the Minister of...
The Amazon and the Congo Basin: the same threats, the same battles
Catholic bishops speak out on protecting indigenous communities and rainforests in the Amazon and worldwide and says it is time to listen to the cry of people and of nature.
California Public Agency Endorses Controversial Forest Carbon-Trading Standard
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has adopted a repackaged, unproven standard for California. But its impact might not stop there.
Our Forests Our Lives
From the Liberian women fighting for the right to own and govern land that’s rightfully theirs, to the Guyanese Indigenous Peoples resisting companies attempting to seize their forests these stories come from different parts of the globe, but are bound by a common thread.