The EU-Japan Free Trade Deal: a threat to the fight against illegal timber?
The Japan-EU Free Trade Agreement is likely to boost incentives for illegal or unsustainable practices in many countries where Japan sources its timber and wood products. It could also sabotage the EU’s own fight against illegal...
The EU Forest Manifesto
A call for political groups, candidates for the European elections
and EU leaders to support forests and forest peoples in their
From CETA to JEEPA - THE VARIATIONS IN THE "TRADE & SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT" provisions in EU Free Trade Agreements
Since the debates around the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations and the ratification of the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade (CETA) Agreement, it has become clear that a new approach is...
Learning lessons from FLEGT-VPA to promote governance reform in Ghana’s cocoa sector
Cocoa is crucial to Ghana’s economy, but is also a significant driver of deforestation. The Ghana National REDD+ Strategy identifies agricultural expansion to be responsible for at least 50 per cent of deforestation, with cocoa a...
Protect and restore: How forests can help the European Union tackle climate change
The struggle against climate change must also be a battle to protect and restore land and forests.
Fern’s new briefing Protect and Restore sets out a clear path to help the EU achieve this, by increasing the amount of carbon...
Getting the “Bads” Out of Goods: Evolution from voluntary to regulated approaches in reducing the undesirable impacts of global trade
This report provides an overview and analysis of the means by which a number of “global public bads” associated with international trade have been addressed. It draws lessons from these experiences for how to tackle the problem of...
Making soft laws enforceable: How the EU can use human rights guidelines to fight agricultural deforestation
The purpose of this discussion paper, which draws on a detailed Fern report as well as an analysis we will soon be publishing, is to show the contours of a way forward. We intend it to start the conversation about how regulatory...
VGGT: what potential to engage?
This rapid scoping of the Food and Agricultural Organisation Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure (VGGT) sought the views of different organisations, individuals and activists on the usefulness of the...
Civil society letter on the EU Protein Plan
On May 29, European NGOs, including Fern, sent an open letter to the EU Commission for Agriculture Phil Hogan to make recommendations on the EU's upcoming protein plan. They include: Reducing EU production and consumption of...