News in brief - February 2015
Despite years of discussions about the dangers of genetically engineered trees, it appears that the US government has quietly approved unregulated cultivation of genetically engineered (GE) loblolly pines, the first GE trees in...
EU scheme to protect tropical forests should not be scrapped
European Union's action plan to stop illegal logging is the first to address the root causes, despite slow progress
Offsetting community rights in Gabon
Civil society organisations in Libreville, Gabon, presented their concerns on 24 January during a press conference about a new Sustainable Development law, which was promulgated on 1 August 2014. The law, developed with support of...
Biodiversity offsetting smacks of middle class environmentalism
Only a fool would deny that there is a housing crisis, but alleviating it doesn’t have to involve bulldozing ancient woods
Forests in spotlight as COP21 climate talks approach endgame
As the 21st UN Climate Conference reaches its final days in Paris, how is the outcome shaping up for forests? On Wednesday 9 December, the first text of the Draft Paris Outcome was released and parties met to give their views on...
News in brief - January 2015
Many tropical timber-producing countries continue to suffer from high levels of corruption, according toTransparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index (November 2014). Burma, Cambodia, Republic of Congo, Central African...
Protest against landgrabs by Socfin and Bolloré now also in Europe
In solidarity with communities of five countries, on 27 May 2015 international NGOs protested against a European company grabbing land and failing to respect commitments. The protest took place outside the Luxemburg hotel where...
High-profile casualties in the European Commission’s 2015 Work Programme
On 16 December 2014 the European Commission released its disappointing and uninspiring workplan for 2015. The programme outlines annual priorities for the European Commission and indicates where political effort will and will not...