Publications & Insight
EU clings to doomed biomass policy
The new Renewable Energy Directive agreed on today will apply for the period 2021 – 2030 and will continue to incentivise current destructive practices: increasing forest harvests, the burning of whole trees and stumps, and large...
Les racines du changement – Actualité des APV, juin 2018
Il y a un an, le programme politique de l’Union européenne remettait les forêts et leur rôle écologique et économique crucial à l’ordre du jour. En juin 2017, lors de la conférence de l’UE sur la déforestation et l’exploitation...
Paving the way: learning from Ghana’s VPA process to help meet cocoa commitments
This short note presents a summary of some of the main lessons drawn from a Tropical Forest Alliance 2020 side event looking at how successes in Ghana’s Voluntary Partnership Agreement process could be brought into the cocoa...
Le traité de libre-échange avec l'Amérique latine, un danger de plus pour nos éleveurs
La colère continue de monter face aux négociations actuelles autour de l'accord de libre-échange entre l'Union européenne et les pays du Mercosur, à savoir le Brésil, l'Argentine, le Paraguay et l'Uruguay.
En France, les...
Civil society letter on the EU Protein Plan
On May 29, European NGOs, including Fern, sent an open letter to the EU Commission for Agriculture Phil Hogan to make recommendations on the EU's upcoming protein plan. They include: Reducing EU production and consumption of...
EU consumption of beef and deforestation
Cattle and deforestation
Beef production is the biggest agricultural driver of global forest loss. Forests in Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay, all members of the Mercosur trade bloc, are being destroyed on an epic scale to make...
Threatened for the audacity of defending their homes: In Siberia … and elsewhere
Fern’s new report Slow Death in Siberia reveals in stark detail how coal mining in the Kuzbass area of southern Siberia has destroyed villages and forests, while strangling the livelihoods and culture of the indigenous Shor...
World Cocoa Conference: Fix cocoa production’s bitter aftertaste with regulation
Global chocolate companies have called for governments to look at “potential regulatory measures” to address deforestation and poverty in cocoa production, according to the Berlin Declaration agreed at the close of the World Cocoa...
Mowing down Estonia’s forest: the Renewable Energy Directive’s unintended consequences
In April 2018, representatives from the international forest movement gathered in Estonia to discuss the protection of forests and peoples’ rights. While there, they learned about the serious threats to Estonia’s forests. One...
The Blauwe Loper project: A climate-friendly bridge built with timber from a conflict zone?
The city of Groningen, in the north in of The Netherlands, plans to build Europe’s longest (800 m) bike and pedestrian bridge – a bridge meant to promote gentler, more climate-friendly means of transport. However, the timber for...