Publications & Insight
Slovakia – Up in Flames
He said he was a forest ranger. But he leaped out of an unmarked car and showed no ID before shouting at us and waving a heavy stick menacingly in our faces. The three of us, enjoying the afternoon sun on a short stroll through the woods, were trespassing in the Poloniny National Park, he said – a criminal activity. He harangued us for 15 minutes as we retraced our steps back to the main road. In Slovakia, the heavy machinery of logging companies is allowed inside its national parks – their work was all around us. But walkers often are not.
How FLEGT is making a difference in the CAR
The new transitional government of the Central African Republic is in the process of drafting a new constitution, and, for the first time, many forest communities have been consulted about their country’s future. The Voluntary...
Bioenergy briefing note 1: the limited availability of wood for energy
This is the first of a series of briefings Fern is producing on bioenergy. This briefing shows how little forest biomass is available, and proposes an EU strategy for a more efficient use of the scarce wood resource.
Stashing the cash: banks, money laundering and the battle against illegal logging
Illegal logging is believed to account for between 15% and 30% of the international trade in timber, with revenues running into billions of dollars each year. This has prompted the EU, the World Bank and others to call for more...
Last stop before Paris
From 19-23 October 2015, parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will gather in Bonn for a UN climate meeting. It is the last chance to solidify as many details as possible about an...
After LULUCF consultation, major questions still left unanswered
The recent online consultation about how the EU should integrate Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry (LULUCF) into its 2030 climate and energy package (FW 206) revealed that fundamental questions remain over how to account for...
Biomass and the EU Heating and Cooling strategy
As the EU discusses a new Heating and Cooling Strategy, to be published by the European Commission in this month, various industry lobbies representing the bioenergy, electricity, manufacturing and heating industry are fighting...