Publications & Insight
EU-Japan free trade deal threatens the fight for legal timber
While moves towards greater international cooperation are welcome, the EU’s growing number of new free trade deals must be scrutinised. And in the case of the Japan-EU free trade agreement, the deal’s impact on the fight against...
The EU-Japan Free Trade Deal: a threat to the fight against illegal timber?
The Japan-EU Free Trade Agreement is likely to boost incentives for illegal or unsustainable practices in many countries where Japan sources its timber and wood products. It could also sabotage the EU’s own fight against illegal...
The EU Forest Manifesto
A call for political groups, candidates for the European elections
and EU leaders to support forests and forest peoples in their
Fern welcomes European Parliament call for bold action on forests
Fern welcomes a new report from the European Parliament (EP) on “natural resource management, the case of forests”. Championed by the EP’s Vice President Heidi Hautala and members of its...
From CETA to JEEPA - THE VARIATIONS IN THE "TRADE & SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT" provisions in EU Free Trade Agreements
Since the debates around the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations and the ratification of the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade (CETA) Agreement, it has become clear that a new approach is...
EU-Honduras VPA generates high hopes
On 14 June 2018 in Tegucigalpa, Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez and EU Commission Director General Stefano Manservisi initialled the text of the EU-Honduras Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) intended to improve...
From the forests to the EU
Civil society explains how the EU can help protect forests and forest people rights
Around the world, about 1.6 billion people depend on forests for their survival. And yet, in 2017 alone, global tropical forests lost 15.8...
The Governance Regulation: well done, now do more
The EU has agreed on a long-term goal of achieving “negative emissions” – pulling more carbon out of the atmosphere than it puts in. The decision was made on 20 June 2018, when the European Parliament and Council provisionally...
Global South activists in Brussels to demand EU action on deforestation
Indigenous leaders and human rights activists from Liberia, Indonesia, Ghana, Colombia and Democratic Republic of Congo came to Brussels 29 June 2018 to deliver a petition. Signed by 164,000 people, the petition urges European...
Will Indonesia’s Sustainability Impact Assessment inform trade negotiations?
On 5 June 2018, the European Commission organised a civil society dialogue to discuss the upcoming Sustainability Impact Assessments (SIAs) that are intended to inform EU trade negotiations with Indonesia, Malaysia and the...