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NaturAfrica: A paradigm shift in the EU’s approach to nature conservation?
If the EU’s flagship conservation programme takes a ‘fortress conservation’ approach, it will harm the livelihoods of local communities and Indigenous Peoples.
Ghana’s VPA progress holds vital lessons for EU Deforestation Regulation
The EU’s Proposed Regulation on deforestation-free products is potentially a crucial tool for fighting deforestation in Ghana and could complement the Voluntary Partnership Agreements (VPAs) the EU has signed with many...
The EU Regulation: A Liberian CSO perspective
On March 11 this year, Liberian civil society organisations working on land and forest governance took part in a one day forum organised by Sustainable Development Institutre (SDI) Liberia and Foundation for Community Initiatives...
EU Deforestation Regulation must not ignore vital VPA lessons
Fern’s Congo Basin partners support the aims of the Regulation on deforestation-free products, but have serious reservations about its approach.
EU Deforestation Regulation must follow international land and tenure rights standards
The European Union (EU) is the second biggest market for Brazilian soy, and a major importer of Brazilian beef and leather. These goods fuel deforestation – much of illegal – in Brazil. For example, cattle ranching in the...
2022 Forest Governance Forum
On 24 May 2022 at 09:30 - 11:00 (UTC+1), join Fern for the event Building on COP26 to Promote Inclusive and Ambitious Climate Action. It will take place at the 13th Forest Governance Forum (FGF) in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo,...
In recent years, Fern has supported journalists in forested countries to report on critical issues facing their nations’ forests. A remarkable investigative journalism project in Liberia is continuing that tradition.
Sixth EU-African Union Summit: A political fig leaf for continued inaction on biodiversity and climate?
The EU-AU Summit did not match the EU’s rhetoric on a new, inclusive partnership of equals.
EU Africa Summit: Time for a Greener, Fairer Deal with Africa
The needs of those whose lives will be hardest hit by climate change and biodiversity loss must come before economic and geopolitical interests.