Publications & Insight
Crunch time for EU deforestation law
The Swedish government is trying to undermine the EU’s landmark deforestation law so that it can continue exploiting the Sámi people's land, says Lina Burnelius - International Coordinator for Protect the Forests Sweden and Elle Merete Omma - Head of EU Unit for the Saami Council.
Blogs, Forest Watch
GUEST BLOG: Finland could reap big rewards from EU forestry decisions
By Liisa Toopakka, campaigner at the Finnish Association for Nature Conservation
The EU's watershed deforestation moment?
This week Ursula von der Leyen signalled the EU’s desire to lead the world in the fight against global deforestation. But if the key drivers of deforestation aren’t addressed, progress will remain limited.
Estonian forest politics in 2020: conflict intensifies
Almost a year ago, avid readers of Fern’s guest blogs learned that Estonian environmental NGOs were under pressure for challenging those spearheading the destruction of some of our country’s most precious habitats.
European Forests, European Lives: Exhibition reveals forests' importance to Europeans
Throughout 2019, Luka Tomac collected stories from Germany, Sweden, Estonia and Latvia, bringing them together for an exhibition at the European Commission “European Forests, European lives” which puts faces to Europe’s forest stories to remind policy makers that there is a huge difference between tree plantations and real healthy forests. It aims to convince them that our forests deserve to not just be protected, but to also be restored.
Primeval forests may have won in Slovakia’s election
Slovakia’s recent vote slows the spread of populism and offers hope for the nation’s primeval beech forests.
Increased clearcutting in Lithuania’s Natura 2000 sites demands a rapid response
A fight is heating up in Lithuania over government-authorised clearcutting in national and regional parks, many of which are also protected under the Natura 2000 network.
The conflict began more than a year ago: the Seimas,...
Blog: Białowieża forest struggle is symptomatic of a greater ill
As Polish authorities disregard national protests and international pressure to stop logging, activists face increasing hostility in order to protect Białowieża, Europe’s last primeval forest. Activists estimate that 600-900 trees...