Publications & Insight
How could European forests best benefit from the EU Forest Monitoring Law?
For decades, intensive forestry practices have meant that healthy biodiverse forests across the European Union (EU) have been replaced with trees that resemble crops. Intensive forest management not only degrades ecosystems, but...
All eyes on the European Commission, as a crucial EU decision on forest monitoring is due
The European Commission has pledged to release a key law on EU Forest Observation, Reporting and Data Collection in the first quarter of 2023.
Rarely has the need for this law been so pressing. Last summer, Europe’s forests have...
Over 60 forest NGOs call on MEPs to support an ambitious Nature Restoration Law
The natural world is our life support system, providing us with everything we need to live. Half of the world's economy relies on the environment. However, we have caused a lot of damage to Europe's and the planet's biodiversity...
Serious concerns about the Swedish Presidency proposal for the Nature Restoration Law
This letter was sent to Representatives of the Swedish Presidency, EU Environment Ministers and Permanent Representations. The European Commission Executive Vice-President for the European Green Deal, Rapporteurs and shadows of...
Certifying EU activities to increase carbon removals from land
For agricultural and forested land, the aims of the European Commission’s proposed voluntary EU Carbon Removal Certification Framework (CRCF) include:
Increasing carbon removals by establishing EU criteria and methods to...
Open Letter: Include ambitious restoration targets in the EU Nature Restoration Law
An open letter to the Executive Vice-President for the European Green Deal, Frans Timmermans, on behalf of environmental and social justice organisations in Sweden, Finland, Estonia and across Europe.
News, NGO Statements
NGOs: "To protect nature and the climate, we must reform how bioenergy is treated in the EU’s Renewable Energy Directive"
This position paper, signed by 32 NGOs from across Europe, outlines how the EU can create a bioenergy policy that civil society and citizens can support.
NGO Letter: Stop the Svydovets ski resort in Ukraine
A letter from 21 NGOs asking the President of Ukraine to stop the huge ski resort project planned in the “Svydovets” massif in the Carpathian Mountains in Ukraine. The area is described as one of the most beautiful and least...
FERN position paper: The new Forest Strategy
The EU Forestry Strategy adopted in 1998, acted as a response to concerns about the lack of coherence and coordination between national forest policies and other forest related EU policies. Though the non-legally binding Forestry...
Enhancing forest protection is key in future CAP
In this position paper, FERN explains that the future Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) should prioritise enhanced forest protection and improved forestry practices that have notable and measurable positive environmental and...