Action on deforestation: despite well-endorsed petitions, Juncker will not meet
The President of the European Commission, Jean Claude Juncker, has turned down a meeting to receive a petition, backed by more than 120,000 signatories, calling for greater European action to tackle the patterns of EU consumption...
EU clings to doomed biomass policy
The new Renewable Energy Directive agreed on today will apply for the period 2021 – 2030 and will continue to incentivise current destructive practices: increasing forest harvests, the burning of whole trees and stumps, and large...
Le traité de libre-échange avec l'Amérique latine, un danger de plus pour nos éleveurs
La colère continue de monter face aux négociations actuelles autour de l'accord de libre-échange entre l'Union européenne et les pays du Mercosur, à savoir le Brésil, l'Argentine, le Paraguay et l'Uruguay.
En France, les...
Threatened for the audacity of defending their homes: In Siberia … and elsewhere
Fern’s new report Slow Death in Siberia reveals in stark detail how coal mining in the Kuzbass area of southern Siberia has destroyed villages and forests, while strangling the livelihoods and culture of the indigenous Shor...
World Cocoa Conference: Fix cocoa production’s bitter aftertaste with regulation
Global chocolate companies have called for governments to look at “potential regulatory measures” to address deforestation and poverty in cocoa production, according to the Berlin Declaration agreed at the close of the World Cocoa...
Mowing down Estonia’s forest: the Renewable Energy Directive’s unintended consequences
In April 2018, representatives from the international forest movement gathered in Estonia to discuss the protection of forests and peoples’ rights. While there, they learned about the serious threats to Estonia’s forests. One...
The Blauwe Loper project: A climate-friendly bridge built with timber from a conflict zone?
The city of Groningen, in the north in of The Netherlands, plans to build Europe’s longest (800 m) bike and pedestrian bridge – a bridge meant to promote gentler, more climate-friendly means of transport. However, the timber for...
News in brief - May 2018
17 April 2018 was a good day in court for EU democratic principles and forests: in the dispute (FW 233, guest blog) surrounding ‘forest management operations’ – a near-tripling of timber harvests – in Poland’s Puszcza Białowieska ...
Shard of light
Negotiations around the timber trade deal between Honduras and the European Union show how diverse interests can be reconciled in a divided land. Isolda Arita reports.
Honduras is a nation riven by conflict, with the disputed p...