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FLEGT: Council takes a more balanced view
At its meeting on 14 March, the EU Agriculture and Fisheries Council expressed strong support for the EU FLEGT Action Plan when discussing the EU Court of Auditors’ critical report on FLEGT.In its draft conclusions, the Council...
EU’s illegal logging legislation bares its teeth
Three years after it came in to force, the EU regulation prohibiting illegal timber imports (EUTR) publicly showed its teeth this month. The Netherlands and Sweden each formally and publicly notified wood-importing companies that...
Jumbo thumbs-down for aviation offsetting plan
As the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) met in Utrecht on 4 and 5 April to discuss its response to climate change, more than 80 international organisations, including Fern, Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth and...
Destructive palm oil imports in the spotlight
France's plans to impose an additional tax on palm oil used in food moved a step closer as its lower house of parliament approved the levy on 18 March 2016.
The National Assembly approved a tax of 30 euros per tonne starting in...
Funders get cold feet as Honduras intimidation continues
Two weeks after the murder of Honduran environmental and indigenous leader Berta Cáceres (FW213), two leading European funders have suspended their backing for the controversial dam project that she campaigned against.
Europe’s World Heritage woods under the axe
Poland has approved plans to log vast areas in the ancient Białowieża forest, an important remnant of the temperate broad-leaved forests that once covered most of Europe.
The Environment minister announced that it would triple...
France floats ‘compensation’ to maintain DRC logging moratorium
The French Environment Minister and President of COP21, Ségolène Royal, has raised the possibility of compensating countries that protect their forests.
Royal was speaking in the Democratic Republic of Congo, home to the second...
Credit where it’s due!
Two great women who have worked hard for forest communities have been publicly recognised: Clare Rewcastle Brown, known for her investigations into corruption in Malaysia, and land tenure specialist Liz Alden Wily.
News in brief - April 2016
Communities Rights Network
Representatives from 12 VPA countries will be in Brussels from 11 April to discuss how to improve forest governance and strengthen communities’ rights through using the FLEGT VPA process. They’ll be...