Publications & Insight
A comparison of national sustainability schemes for solid biomass in the EU
There are no harmonised sustainability criteria for bioenergy or the sourcing of biomass across the European Union (EU). EU Member States have therefore largely relied on domestic Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) rules to guide...
Brexit, forests and the future of European decision making
For many living in the UK but feeling European, the referendum verdict was a great shock. With offices both in Brussels and the UK, Fern staff feel the decision particularly strongly. We have worked with Member States, MEPs,...
Council offers hope to control destructive EU consumption
In the uncertain times following Brexit, the 28 June 2016 Council Conclusionson the EU’s Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade (FLEGT) programme strike a heartening note.
NGOs requested that the Council express strong...
EU Council: Can Slovakia make progress on climate and energy?
As the Dutch presidency draws to a close, eyes turn now to Slovakia, which takes the helm of the EU Council from July to December.
The Dutch presidency came at a crucial time for the FLEGT Action Plan as described here or above....
Palm oil giant under pressure to source sustainably
Cargill, one of the world’s largest agricultural trading companies, has set a deadline of 15 July 2016 for Malaysian palm oil group IOI to come up with a responsible sourcing policy. IOI is at the centre of a row over...
Tackling illegal logging, deforestation and forest degradation – a global agenda for the EU
This letter from eight NGOs to the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission encourages the EU to intensify its diplomatic efforts with major forest-rich...
Annual Report 2015
Last year was Fern’s twentieth anniversary, and a natural moment for us to reflect on how far we’ve come. Our previous annual report, covering March 2014 to April 2015, chronicled our achievements over the past two decades. From now on our annual reports will follow the calendar year, so this one includes some of the same period as the last. Yet there’s no need to look back over old successes again; the challenges before us are too great.
Letter to agriculture ministers for European Council meeting on FLEGT
This letter to agricultural ministers thanks them for their actions to control illegal logging and encourages them to ensure all forest risk commodities’ supply chains consist of only legally and sustainably sourced products, free...
Climate Negotiations: Immediate action overlooked as discord revealed
The first session of climate negotiations since the adoption of the Paris Agreement has failed to prioritise immediate action to reduce emissions.
Developing countries, who are already feeling the negative impacts of a warming...