Letting trees age: an effective climate strategy
French forests are currently at a crossroads. Ever since the 2007 Grenelle Environment Forum, France, like many European countries, has allowed industrial wood energy projects to proliferate. Now the urgent need to deal with the...
Biodiversity first: How European forests can help tackle the climate crisis
The European Union (EU) has pledged to become carbon neutral by 2050. This will require us to both drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to increase carbon dioxide removals – negative emissions.
This briefing shows why...
The EU-Mercosur trade agreement: What is it, and what could it mean for forests and human rights?
In June 2019 the European Union (EU) and Mercosur (Brazil, Paraguay, Argentina and Uruguay) announced that they had reached an ‘in principle’ agreement on the content of a bilateral trade agreement which they had been negotiating,...
European Green Deal must strengthen partner countries’ recovery from the COVID-19 crisis
Fern and 15 other NGOs working on climate, environment, human rights and sustainable development issues have released a statement on the EU’s response to the COVID-19 crisis.
The statement welcomes EU leadership in supporting...
The shocking truth about EU forests in numbers
By 2050, the EU forest sink will be halved if current management practices continue.
80% of EU forests with protected status are in an "unfavourable" or "bad" condition.
EU rules only require 36% of all trees burned for...
Making the European Green Deal work for International Partnerships
The European Commission’s Green Deal can help solving the international climate and biodiversity emergencies by shaping stronger and more sustainable partnerships with tropical forested countries. But this will only succeed, if it...
Forests play a key role in tackling climate change
This briefing note from Coordination SUD and Fern analyses the issues we need to address to ensure forests help deliver tropical forested countries' Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). This includes respect for communities’ rights and preserving their livelihoods, protecting and restoring biodiversity, and improved forest governance. Tackling these challenges will require effective civil society participation.
Europe’s National Energy and Climate Plans to 2030: Are they fit for purpose?
The National Energy and Climate Plans, due to be published by the end of 2019 will determine whether and how we limit global heating to 1.5 degrees.
Fern has conducted an analysis of the plans of five Member States – Sweden,...
Protecting forests, natural ecosystems and human rights: a case for EU action
In its Communication on “Stepping up EU Action to Protect and Restore the World’s Forests”, published on 23rd July 2019, the European Commission recognised that the EU consumption represents around 10% of the global share” of...
A Green New Deal for Forests
Ursula von der Leyen, President-elect of the European Commission, has promised to deliver a European Green Deal in her first 100 days in office. For such a deal to truly tackle the challenges of climate change, it will need to ensure healthy growing forests inside and outside of Europe that are good for people, our climate and nature.