Publications & Insight
Annual Report 2016
It’s been a year of political earthquakes. The UK voted to leave the European Union. The US President says that climate change is a Chinese hoax and is rolling back years of hard-won environmental laws. And we’ve supposedly entered the post-truth age, where ‘alternative facts’ streamed via social media are the main news source for millions...
Tackling deforestation and forest degradation: a case for EU action
This statement outlines eight NGOs' vision for an Action Plan to Protect Forests and Protect Rights. It proposes new measures that build on and strengthen governmental and corporate commitments for zero deforestation and respect...
ForestWatch VPA Update June 2017: The future of FLEGT - what will the EU prioritise?
LoggingOff and Fern publish occasional ForestWatch updates detailing events in countries negotiating a Voluntary Partnership Agreement from a civil society perspective. In the June 2017 edition, the main article focuses on...
Bonn talks point to the need to accelerate climate action
Governments met for climate talks in the German city of Bonn from 8 - 18 June 2017,aiming to make progress on the detailed rules for implementing the 2015 Paris Agreement. This ‘Paris rulebook’ is due to be completed by the end of...
European Parliament mission checks in on Cameroon
Three members of the European Parliament’s Development Committee, travelled to Cameroon in May, to assess the EU’s involvement in natural resource management. The delegation focused on EU support to combat illegal logging and halt...
Suspension of Atama’s deforestation activities in Congo: Important but insufficient
Civil society hails the decision taken by the Republic of Congo to suspend the illegal deforestation activities of Atama Plantation in the forested region of Sangha (Northern Congo) where Atama planned to deforest nearly 180,000...
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...