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...
Dutch government to decide on biomass sustainability criteria
In December 2014, the Dutch Minister for Economic Affairs, Henk Kamp, presented the Dutch Parliament with a set of sustainability criteria to be used to assess whether biomass should be used for power generation. The criteria were...
The most crucial challenges facing Europe’s forests
This short briefing outlines BirdLife, European Environmental Bureau and FERN recommendations for the Parliament’s own initiative report on the EU Forest Strategy.
Forest Watch FLEGT VPA Update November 2014
Every six months, FERN produces an update looking at the present situation with regards the EU's Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Action Plan, with a specific focus on Voluntary Partnership Agreements (VPAs)....