Forest Watch VPA Update June 2017: The future of FLEGT, what will the EU prioritise?
LoggingOff and Fern publish occasional Forest Watch updates detailing events in countries negotiating a Voluntary Partnership Agreement from a civil society perspective. In the June 2017 edition, the main article examines the...
News in Brief June 2017
A new report from the European Academies Science Advisory Council clearly states that bioenergy is not carbon neutral and calls for robust LULUCF rules and forest conservation. The report “Multi-functionality and sustainability in...
A chance to salvage the EU’s failing bioenergy policy
The draft report released on June 7 on bioenergy sustainability criteria by Environmental committee (ENVI) rapporteur MEP Bas Eickhout (Greens) is a chance for the EU to end a policy which is causing huge damage to forests and the...
One step forward, two steps back for EU on climate and forests
Today, the European Parliament took one step forward and two steps back for the climate and forests.Read the full Press ReleaseOn a positive front, the Environment Committee voted to strengthen the EU’s climate target for the...
VPA negotiations: Commission should boldly encourage positive momentum in Laos
From 27 - 28 April 2017, the Lao PDR experienced its first face-to-face negotiation toward a Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA), a trade deal with the EU that aims to ensure that wood being sold in the EU is demonstrably...
Belgium: Will Flemish government’s move to withdraw biomass subsidies set an example?
In Europe, burning biomass to generate electricity depends on state subsidies; without these, inefficient power plants are in trouble. It is a positive step therefore that Belgium’s Flemish region is ending its affair with biomass...
LULUCF: Parliament shows ambition where Commission was weak
Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have submitted amendments to the EU Regulation on land use and forests (LULUCF) which show an appetite to improve the Commission’s proposal.
The MEPs’ move to increase the LULUCF...
Goldman Prize: the forest and EU links
Each year in April, the Goldman Prize focuses the world’s attention on environmental crises confronting communities across the globe, and the heroism of the grassroots environmental activists who take a stand, often at daunting...