Publications & Insight
Blue Carbon and the New Scramble for Africa’s Forests
Blue Carbon LLC, a private company based in Dubai, is finalising deals with at least six African countries to acquire huge swathes of their forests to harvest carbon credits. Although the deals are shrouded in secrecy, it appears that at least 25 million hectares of forests – an area larger than the UK – may be handed to Blue Carbon.
At the crossroads? A brief analysis of the European wood pellets market in 2022 and 2023
The European wood pellets market has been the world's largest for more than 15 years, driven by EU renewable energy policies authorising EU Member States to subsidise energy companies burning wood and the purchase of wood pellets...
European wood pellet markets shrunk in 2022, industrial demand remains low in 202
Electricity produced by burning wood pellets decreased in absolute terms for the first time in 2022, while wind and solar rose.
Driven by EU policy and strong national incentives for both industrial and residential use, the...
The Scramble for Africa’s Forests
A vast carve up of Africa’s forests is underway in the name of protecting the planet. Those opposing this carbon colonialism must stand firm, says Alexandra Benjamin.
Commission resists efforts to sabotage Forest Monitoring Law - but only binding commitments will make it work
The European Commission’s proposal for a forest monitoring law, which was published today, is a commendable attempt to tackle the grave challenges facing European forests - yet does not require Member States to act on the data they will be required to gather on the state of their forests.
What impact will the EUDR have on VPAs and FLEGT Licensing?
This year the EU Deforestation Regulation (EUDR) has entered into implementation. One of the commodities included within the legislation is timber.
As mentioned within the EUDR, this legislation should build upon the positive...
News, Partner Voices
Why we can’t allow the EU-Republic of Congo forest partnership to lose momentum
In 2013, the Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) between the government of the Republic of Congo and the European Union (EU) entered into force, with the aim of addressing problems related to forest governance and illegal...
EU Deforestation Regulation implementation must work for small-scale farmers
The EU Regulation on deforestation-free products (EUDR) has the potential to not only halt worldwide deforestation, but also strengthen small-scale farmers’ rights and improve their livelihoods.
This statement from smallholders...
Briefing Notes, NGO Statements
A Partnership of Equals?
How to strengthen the EU’s Critical Raw Materials Strategic Partnerships