NGO recommendations for a sustainable EU bioeconomy
In 2012, the EU released the Communication, “Innovating for Sustainable Growth: A Bioeconomy for Europe”, which is now in the process of being updated.
In recent years, there has been increasing interest in using biomass as a...
Six problems with BECCS
The theory that BECCS would remove emissions is based on the faulty assumption that bioenergy is carbon neutral. This briefing note outlines six reasons why policy makers planning decarbonization pathways for 2050 or beyond must not rely on BECCS to achieve negative emissions.
Speaking truth to power: The village women taking on the palm oil giant
The Société Financière des Caoutchouc (Socfin) group is among the world’s biggest independent plantation owners, managing 187,000 hectares of mostly oil palm and rubber plantations in Asia and Africa, where it has been operating...
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...