Publications & Insight
Forestry emissions and the EU’s risky LULUCF debate
Proposed changes in the way the EU accounts for land use and land use change (LULUCF) emissions are scientifically flawed and could lead to dangerous global warming.
Healthy forests are crucial to achieving the Paris Agreement’s...
EU must come to its senses on biomass policies
Policy-makers must take heed of mounting opposition to the European Union’s disastrous use of wood to generate bioenergy.
Today scientists, NGOs and industry figures gather with EU policy makers for a conference discussing the...
FLEGT review should revitalise the fight against illegal logging
The independent review of the EU’s flagship forest policy – the Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Action Plan – was released by the European Commission on 4 May, with Fern highlighting the positive impact it has...
Indonesia on course to issue world’s first FLEGT licences
Indonesia appears set to issue the world’s first FLEGT licences, although important challenges remain.
On 21 April, the country’s President, Joko Widodo, the European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and European Council...
Climate legislation ambition hinges on correct approach to LULUCF
Depending on the approach chosen, the EU’s upcoming legislation on emissions from land and forests could help to keep the EU climate ambition afloat, as shown by a new report commissioned by Fern and written by the Oeko-Institut t...
Commission assures Southern CSOs of support for FLEGT VPAs
In a discussion about the long-awaited results of the FLEGT Action Plan evaluation (see top story, FW214 and FW209), the EU Commission confirmed its support for FLEGT Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) processes to be continued...
Hope in sight for CAR’s forests – and the VPA process
The Central African Republic turned one of the darkest pages of its troubled history when Faustin-Archange Touadéra was sworn in as its new president on 30 March .
After almost three years of protracted conflict that killed...
Indonesian activists urge EU to respect rights in palm oil trade
Two Indonesian community leaders have given alarming testimonies to Members of the European Parliament and European Commission officials about the devastating social impacts and environmental destruction caused as a result of palm...
Rapporteur highlights judicial harassment in Cameroon
The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights has cast doubts on the legal proceedings against Cameroonian human rights activist Nasako Besingi.
In a statement that should prompt unease among the international donor...