Publications & Insight
Malaysian corruption hangs over VPA negotiations
Several events should serve as a salutary reminder for EU negotiators engaged in discussions with Malaysia since 2006 over a Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA). On 17 August 2015 the UK’s broadcasting regulator, Ofcom, found...
New Introducing FLEGT film
Fern has produced a new short video introducing FLEGT and its Voluntary Partnership Agreements, which provide a vital legal framework between the EU and timber-producing countries.
Fern strongly believes the FLEGT (Forest Law...
Biomass: EU imports from abroad on the rise
In August 2015, the New Scientist and the Biomass Magazine reported about a projected increase in supplies of wood pellets to the EU from Brazil and Russia respectively. This is not surprising, since the European Commission...
Making the new EU food and agriculture programme work for communities
The EU and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) have launched a major new programme intended to strengthen food security and promote sustainable agriculture in at least 35 countries. There is hope that the programme will...
Can the FLEGT VPA tackle forest governance in Laos?
Laos is stepping up its efforts to negotiate a Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade, Voluntary Partnership Agreement (FLEGT-VPA). The Prime Minister recently established a National Steering Committee, giving Lao civil...
Scientists warn of human impact on world’s forests
Increased consumption, coupled with a growing population, is placing the world’s forests in unprecedented danger, according to Science Magazine’s August 2015 special issue on “Forest Health in a Changing World.”
It warns that the...
News in brief - September 2015
In August 2015 Fern revealed the true cost of a summer barbecue with its report Playing with Fire: Human misery, environmental destruction and summer BBQs. Around 70 per cent of Europe’s charcoal is imported; Playing with Fire foc...
Landmark Dutch ruling takes intrepid stance on emissions and government’s duty towards citizens
As the Pope shows the way in his Encyclical (above), a Dutch court has shown the way by ruling that the Dutch Government was not doing enough to halt climate change. The court ordered the Dutch government to cut its emissions by...