What comes first with the EU-Vietnam trade deal, rights or ratification?
Guest Blog: Campaigner Lindsay Duffield explains some of the challenges ahead to make sure the EU-Vietnam trade agreement doesn‘t undermine human rights or climate change commitments.
25 years of building alliances to save the forests
Scot Quaranda of Dogwood Alliance chronicles how Fern has protected forests and peoples’ rights from the heart of Europe for 25 years.
Five EU forest trends to watch out for in 2020
In 2019, forests and forest peoples’ rights rose up the global political – and spiritual - agenda, and the EU made high profile commitments to protect forests abroad and at home as part of their European Green Deal. But will 2020 see such commitments turned into action? Here are five questions we hope to give positive answers to at the end of the year.
EU member states support EU regulatory measures to tackle deforestation
Brussels – December 16: EU Member States have just released their official reaction to the Commission’s Communication on stepping up EU action to protect and restore the world’s forests. They “request” the Commission to...
Ending corruption, improving forest governance: why it matters
Fern campaigner, Marie Ange Kalenga was invited to produce a blog for Transparency International’s 20th anniversary. Beyond obvious criminal implications, corruption is an assault on people, forests and the environment. It can be stopped.
European Green Deal offers hope for the future of forests
On December 11, the European Commission, now headed by former German defence minister Ursula von der Leyen, published its long awaited proposal for a European Green Deal.
It contains two standalone forest initiatives as well as...
Estonian Forest NGOs under pressure after challenging government forestry decision
Estonian environmental NGOs have had enough of being outgunned as they stand up to a mighty timber industry and some of its powerful government friends. In November 2019, several environmental NGOs sent a letter to the Minister of...
New research shows harvesting increases are damaging forests
We are already missing our forest-health targets, climate action needs to protect our forests, not endanger them.
Green Deal could be a springboard for ambitious forest action
Brussels, December 11 – The European Commission’s proposed Green Deal contains two standalone forest initiatives, indicating that EU politicians understand how close forests are to Europeans’ hearts. But poor implementation could...