Publications & Insight
Looking back at 200 issues of ForestWatch
To mark Forest Watch’s 200th issue, we asked FERN’s co-founder, Saskia Ozinga, to comment on the road that has been travelled since the first issue in February 1996.
Q: How much has changed since the first ForestWatch (FW) issue?...
European Commission’s biodiversity offset report shows it is deaf to the concerns of EU citizens
This press release raises concern about a new European Commission report on biodiversity offsetting which was commissioned before the conclusion of the Commission consultation on No Net Loss.
Protecting forests, improving livelihoods - Comparing community forestry in Cameroon and Guatemala
This report conducts a comparison between the experience of community forests in Guatemala and in Cameroon. Community forests in Guatemala have met with some success, in some cases becoming effective enterprises at the same time...
What does the Paris climate agreement mean for forests and forest peoples’ rights?
"The unquestioned reliance on negative emissions to deliver on the Paris goals is the greatest threat to the Agreement”
There is no doubt the Paris climate agreement was a historic moment and an achievement of...
Forest Watch special - VPA update December 2015
Every six months, Fern produces an update looking at the present situation with regards the EU's Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Action Plan, with a specific focus on VPAs. This edition is from December 2015.
Vietnamese NGOs call for improved forest governance through FLEGT VPA and free trade deal
The EU and Vietnam recently concluded a Free Trade Agreement and reaffirmed their determination to conclude negotiations for a Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) promoting sustainable and legal timber trading. In a statement, a...
Circular economy package misses key opportunities
On 2 December, the European Commission launched its ‘flagship’ environmental policy of the year: the Circular Economy Package, which aims to tackle a wide range of resource-related issues, including waste disposal, packaging...
Moving toward an EU action plan on deforestation
At a high-level event in November organized by WWF, Karmenu Vella, Commissioner for the Environment, declared for the first time that the Commission will consider developing an EU action plan to halt deforestation.
He said the...
Coal’s hidden ‘double whammy’: 12 million hectares of forest at risk
A forest area larger than Portugal is at risk from coal mining worldwide, a report released by Fern during the Paris climate change talks reveals.
Using Geographic Information System (GIS) mapping technology to overlay data for...