Publications & Insight
Guest Blog: Are European taxpayers funding land grabs and forest destruction?
The central aim of European Development Financial Institutions (DFIs) is to foster growth and reduce poverty. Yet in Africa, evidence is mounting that they have funded ‘forestry’ projects which have caused deforestation, possible...
Le destin des forêts du Bassin du Congo doit être entre les mains de ses habitants
Le souffle léger de démocratisation qui traverse actuellement le bassin du Congo est largement l’œuvre de la société civile.En République centrafricaine (RCA), la société civile joue un rôle clé dans la reconstruction du pays. Au...
Ghana is on the brink of a major advance in its fight against illegal logging. But now its forests face serious threat from mining.
Between 1990 and 2005 Ghana lost an estimated quarter of its national forest cover. Illegal timber harvesting was rife, and poor governance and a lack of transparency plagued the forest sector.
Things began to change for the...
Blog: Białowieża forest struggle is symptomatic of a greater ill
As Polish authorities disregard national protests and international pressure to stop logging, activists face increasing hostility in order to protect Białowieża, Europe’s last primeval forest. Activists estimate that 600-900 trees...
Blog: What can the EU do to curb corruption in the forest sector?
Corruption. It has blighted countries in every continent for generations, and is identified as a main reason why illegal logging continues at a seemingly unstoppable rate. Each year Transparency International produces a Corruption...
Blog: Trading in incoherence? EU trade policy needs improving to give forests, communities and the climate a fair chance
When it comes to global trade, it is difficult to overestimate the EU’s importance. It is the world’s second largest importer (after the US), and the second largest exporter (after China), and has an overall share of world trade...
Blog: How can EU policies halt deforestation?
In the five years between 2010 and 2015, EU consumption raized an area of forests the size of Portugal. In 2012 alone, the EU imported EUR 6 billion of soy, palm, leather, and beef produced on forests illegally converted to...
Blogueur invité: les forêts peuvent-elles contribuer à la reconstruction d’une République centrafricaine déchirée par la guerre?
Par Bienvenu Gbelo
Bienvenu Gbelo est un journaliste environnemental de la Radio Ndeke Luka à Bangui.
Plutôt ce mois-ci, le Représentant spécial du secrétaire général des Nations Unies (ONU) pour la République centrafricaine...
Blog: Hope for a hard-pressed community
The head of Tan Hoi village sits cross-legged on the floor describing the pressures his people face.“The older generation lacks education. The younger ones leave school as early as 11. Only one person has ever graduated from...
The EU’s hunger for soy is causing destruction in Brazil. Here’s how it can be stopped.
Delegates from across the world are gathering in Brasilia this week for the Annual General Assembly of the Tropical Forest Alliance 2020, a global coalition of governments, NGOs and companies, who aim to tackle the destruction of...