Congo Basin meeting in Brussels: time for stronger action
A more ambitious plan is needed to protect forests and meet people’s aspirations in the second-largest rainforest in the world. Governments, civil society and the private sector convened in Brussels, 27 - 28 November 2018, for the...
Trade agreements and transparency: under construction – VPA update, December 2018
Illegal logging and the illicit timber trade thrive when legal frameworks, rights and benefits are unclear and complex to enforce. Transparency is therefore at the heart of Voluntary Partnership Agreements (VPAs) and over the last...
Brazzaville Forest Governance Forum states: Time to listen to local communities
In order to halt deforestation and protect the climate, communities must have a say in how forests are managed; and activities involving forests must not threaten the livelihoods of those who depend on those vital resources....
From the forests to the EU
Civil society explains how the EU can help protect forests and forest people rights
Around the world, about 1.6 billion people depend on forests for their survival. And yet, in 2017 alone, global tropical forests lost 15.8...
Rooting for change - VPA Update, June 2018
One year ago, forests and their crucial ecological and economic role were again at the forefront of the EU’s policy agenda. In June 2017, at the EU conference on illegal logging and deforestation, EU Commissioner for International...
How community forestry can contribute to development and stability
Community forestry is our best chance to ensure forests remain standing and communities get the livelihoods and benefits they deserve. Fern's partners in Central African Republic and Republic of Congo explain why people who depend...
Community forests in the Congo Basin: What is the EUs role?
When done right, community forestry can help communities and global climate and Sustainable Development Goals objectives. This film explains the role the EU should play.
Isaac Tchikaya is not longer with us but has sowed hope for Congos forests
Fern is deeply shocked and saddened to hear of the death of our dear friend and colleague Isaac Tchikaya, focal point for the CSO platform for sustainable management of forests (PGDF) in the Kouilou region, in the Republic of...
VPAs and NDCs: Sharing the Toolbox? – How lessons learned from EU FLEGT can be put to work for the Paris Agreement
As the Paris Agreement is ratified by each of its signatory states, they commit to put into action their specific national plans to combat climate change. These plans are called Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC). Fern...
Republic of Congo: Support message for NGO Rencontre pour la Paix et les Droits de l’Homme
Fern is deeply concerned with the looting of Rencontre pour la Paix et les Droits de l’Homme (RPDH) offices in Pointe-Noire, Republic of Congo, on 9 March, 2018. RPDH has been working on human rights issues and natural resource...