Publications & Insight
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...
How LULUCF could increase mitigation ambition in EU
As the European Commission enters the final stages of deciding how to integrate Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry (LULUCF) in the EU Climate and Energy package for 2021-2030, Fern has released a report showing that this can...