Conflicting and incomplete datasets underscore the need to harmonise forest monitoring
Biodiversity, climate and ecosystems policies rely on complete forest data, so it’s time for a forest monitoring law to ensure such data exists.
"Green Gold" - a board game on land use and climate change
In 2019, Fern worked with a game designer to create “Green Gold” - a board game to show the complex issues that need to be considered when thinking about how best to tackle the climate crisis through improved land use. It is set...
Closer-to-Nature Forestry Guidelines: a first attempt, but confusion remains. Now what?
The Commission should outline ways to make Closer-to-Nature Forestry Guidelines operational in a difficult world of competing interests
Effective restoration of the EU’s declining forests requires comprehensive monitoring
The Nature Restoration and Forest Monitoring laws currently being elaborated could set us on a path to recovery – or miss the mark
All eyes on the European Commission, as a crucial EU decision on forest monitoring is due
The European Commission has pledged to release a key law on EU Forest Observation, Reporting and Data Collection in the first quarter of 2023.
Rarely has the need for this law been so pressing. Last summer, Europe’s forests have...
International statement on the carbon deal between Blue Carbon and the Liberian government
Liberia’s Government is threatening to sign away thirty years of rights to more than one million hectares of forests to Blue Carbon, a private company based in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Blue Carbon claim they will protect...
Forest Watch, Press Releases
Nature Restoration Law salvaged, but a bittersweet outcome for forests
Members of the European Parliament narrowly voted in favour of the Nature Restoration Law, which aims to restore Europe’s ecosystems, including protected and managed forests. This came after several Committees initially voted to...
The years-long fight to save Poland’s Białowieża forest: an activist offers insights
In the ongoing battle to protect Poland’s natural treasures, EU legislation proved crucial
Finland’s climate-target shortfall is likely to torpedo the EU27 commitments on emissions reductions from land and forests
Finland’s response to the news that they will miss their targets for Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry (LULUCF) emissions reductions amounts to little more than a shrug, but nonchalance cannot be tolerated where the climate is concerned.
EU’s degraded nature set to lose out as Nature Restoration Law becomes a pawn in a political game
Environmental campaigners are used to peak workloads during important Brussels votes, but it’s been all hands to the deck since the European Peoples’ Party (EPP) shocked nature defenders by setting themselves up as the anti-nature...