Ghana is on the brink of a major advance in its fight against illegal logging. But now its forests face serious threat from mining.
Between 1990 and 2005 Ghana lost an estimated quarter of its national forest cover. Illegal timber harvesting was rife, and poor governance and a lack of transparency plagued the forest sector.
Things began to change for the...
Blog: What can the EU do to curb corruption in the forest sector?
Corruption. It has blighted countries in every continent for generations, and is identified as a main reason why illegal logging continues at a seemingly unstoppable rate. Each year Transparency International produces a Corruption...
Guest blog: Can forests help revive war-torn Central African Republic?
Bienvenu Gbelo is an environmental journalist from Radio Ndeke Luka in Bangui.
Earlier this month, the United Nations envoy for the Central African Republic (CAR) reminded the world of the neglected tragedy unfolding in my...
Blog: Hope for a hard-pressed community
The head of Tan Hoi village sits cross-legged on the floor describing the pressures his people face.“The older generation lacks education. The younger ones leave school as early as 11. Only one person has ever graduated from...
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...
Tackling illegal logging in Ghana: Why civil society is generating pressure to deliver a VPA
I have just returned from a two-week policy tour of Europe, visiting decision makers working on the EU Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Action Plan in Belgium, Germany, France and the Netherlands. I was hoping...
The Long Wait: Cameroon’s forest communities seek their dues
Almost half of Cameroon is covered by forest, and the sector plays a critical role in the country’s economy.
Yet Cameroon’s forest communities continue to suffer from the exploitation of their forests – while the financial...
A new beginning in the fight against illegal timber
The first batch of timber considered legal under Europe’s most innovative ever anti-illegal logging policy arrived in the UK this month.
The timber’s seven week voyage across around 20,000 kilometres of ocean - from the heat and...
Fines used to enforce the EU Timber Regulation’s documentation requirement
Two Member State authorities have issued fines upholding the EU Timber Regulation requirement for proper documentation indicating that the timber put on the EU market is legally sourced.In November 2016 the Netherlands, for the...
Fern cautiously welcomes the EU and Vietnam Voluntary Partnership Agreement
On 18 November, a significant milestone was reached in the fight to protect Vietnam’s forests.The EU and Vietnam agreed ‘in principle’ on a Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) , establishing a legal framework promoting legal...