Publications & Insight
2020 Cocoa Barometer Launch
On Tuesday 1st December, the VOICE network (in partnership with Fern) launched the 2020 Cocoa Barometer with a webinar attended by a broad range of stakeholders who created a lively discussion.
The event was moderated by Oliver...
Webinar: Unleashing the potential of Community-based forest and wildlife management for building back better: livelihoods, biodiversity, and climate resilience in Africa
Webinar organised by FAO’s Forest Technical Network in Africa (FTN-Africa)
Monday 7 December 2020 – 11:00-12:30 (Accra/GMT) 12:00 – 13:30 (Kinshasa/Rome time)
Most countries in Africa are committed...
The EU’s pledged billions for a ‘Green Coronavirus Recovery’. But it is in danger of repeating past mistakes
As we chart the recovery from COVID-19, governments around the world face a grave choice: continue along the path of planetary collapse, or embrace a sustainable future.
The European Commission, for one, has said that it...
An activist’s guide to the EU
How does the EU impact the world and how can civil society influence EU policies?
The EU has a huge influence over the fate of the world’s forests.
Its trade deals, aid strategies, energy and climate policies, and imports of...
El poder de los derechos de la tierra: una lecciòn de las comunidades forestales de Perú
Cuando las comunidades indígenas y forestales tienen su derecho a la tierra consagrado/reconocido por la ley, hay un menor ìndice de deforestación. La comunidad de Boca Pariamanu en Perú es un claro ejemplo de los efectos...
Republic of Congo: Confronted by COVID-19, civil society and local communities pool their energies
23 September 2020: four hundred kilometres from the capital, Brazzaville, sits Ingolo 1, a village of around 1,200 people. The village committee have come together to meet a delegation of civil society organisations (CSOs) to...
Vietnam timber legality Decree’s silences are as worrisome as its shrinking scope
Vietnam’s Government issued the long-awaited Timber Legality Assurance System Decree (VNTLAS), implementing legality assurance aspects of the FLEGT Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) on 1 September 2020. The hope Vietnamese...
Indonesia’s controversial Omnibus Law casts a long shadow
Indonesian civil society must always navigate challenges surrounding transparency, but this year they have been aggravated by social turbulence and COVID-19. A victory early in the year --in which the government removed a rule...
Fern’s submission to the trade policy review
Fern’s submission to the trade policy review highlights the need to eradicate deforestation from its trade flows. If the EU is to achieve its commitment to end deforestation by 2020, fulfill the Sustainable Development Goals...