Publications & Insight
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...
Letting trees age: an effective climate strategy
French forests are currently at a crossroads. Ever since the 2007 Grenelle Environment Forum, France, like many European countries, has allowed industrial wood energy projects to proliferate. Now the urgent need to deal with the...
Public debate on biomass reaches critical mass in the Netherlands
Public opposition to biomass burning is based on a variety of negative impacts.
Annual Report 2019
The world’s forests, and the rights of many who depend on them, remained under assault in 2019.
These attacks came from many directions: from the erosion of environmental and human rights protections in Brazil under President Jair Bolsonaro, to the Amazon fires; from the EU’s devastating bioenergy policy, to its raft of Free Trade Agreements with forested countries to increase our insatiable consumption of products that drive deforestation; from a lack of secure tenure rights for people depending on forests for their survival, to failures of transparency and accountability in the forest sector…
Danish state aid case illustrates Commission’s biomass blind spot
Consideration of bioenergy’s external costs is fundamental for assessing compatibility of state aid.
Germany’s Corona EU Presidency – what impact on the world’s forests?
Germany has a chance to raise climate ambition and shape three important relationships.
European Commission faces major hurdle to protect and restore forests
Only days after the European Commission heralded the importance of protecting and restoring nature - specifically forests – to achieve climate and biodiversity goals, it faces its first hurdle in ensuring this happens. Member...
Biodiversity strategy: the European Commission lays the path for a greener future in the wake of COVID-19
The launch today of the EU’s Biodiversity Strategy could be a landmark moment for European forests. As well as headline targets to protect land and sea areas, the Strategy foresees binding restoration targets and measures in 2021,...
Estonia discards the impact assessment of its Forestry Development Plan
Civil society groups condemn Estonian Government’s support for unsustainable forest management practices and its rejection of the Forestry Development Plan impact assessment.