Publications & Insight
Media groups, journalists and environmental non-profits react to yet another legal prosecution
On 25 - 26 January 2018 the criminal chamber of the Tribunal de Grande Instance in Paris opened a defamation trial concerning a complaint brought by Luxemburg-based palm and rubber company Socfin against two French NGOs that work...
News in Brief - February 2018
After the deaths of more than 50 people in 2017 in open, abandoned mines, a Fern partner in Cameroon, Foder, has launched the “Trop, c’est trop” campaign. The tragic human toll is the unacceptable consequence of poor governance...
Response to the Verified Carbon Standard
In November 2017, Fern published new research showing why forest carbon offsets should be ineligible for the United Nations (UN) International Civil Aviation Organisation’s (ICAO) carbon neutral initiative.
Guest Blog: Visible changes in Poland – but what about where change is less visible?
Polish ecologists are greeting recent improvements in Poland’s political posture toward the European Union and to Białowieża forest with hope – and a measure of scepticism as to how deep Poland’s new willingness to oblige runs.
Climate the loser as the European Parliament fails to ensure wood is burnt sustainably
(Brussels) – 17 January 2018. The European Parliament today failed to help the climate by reversing the European Union’s (EU) disastrous bioenergy policy. Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) voted on the new Renewable Energy...
Virgin Atlantic: A small victory in a bigger battle
Controversy has long plagued the Oddar Meanchey carbon offset project in Cambodia.
Solid evidence has been in the public domain for years that forests supposed to be protected by the project—which has been backed by the United...
The right to agroecology: Using the law to support sustainable farming in Brazil
This publication shows how existing national and international legal frameworks can support sustainable agriculture in Brazil, thereby reducing pressure to convert forests to large plantations. Small-scale farmers are increasingly...
How local rights can halt global wrongs: the legal path to sustainable farming in Brazil
Agricultural expansion is devastating the world’s forests.
In Brazil the levelling of forests to grow soy to feed an insatiable export market has also led to human rights violations, including forced evictions, land grabs and...
EU proposals on bioenergy: a serious threat to climate and sustainable development goals
This letter written on behalf of 30 NGOs asks Members of the European Parliament to support crucial changes to the proposed rules on bioenergy in the European Union’s Renewable Energy Directive.
Covered in smoke: why burning biomass threatens European health
Tens of thousands of EU citizens are dying prematurely every year as a result of exposure to air pollution from burning solid biomass, mainly wood, to provide heat and electricity. Other health impacts include cancers, cardiac and...