Tackling illegal logging, deforestation and forest degradation – a global agenda for the EU
This letter from eight NGOs to the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission encourages the EU to intensify its diplomatic efforts with major forest-rich...
Japan’s new law fails to meet G7 commitment to halt the trade in illegal timber
This joint letter on behalf of 15 organisations highlights serious weaknesses in Japan’s new law intended to stop the trade in illegal timber. It outlines the measures that the Japanese government should take to ensure their...
Scoping Study on EU-China Relationships in the Forestry Sector
China’s rapid economic growth has spurred a massive demand for natural resources – including timber, agricultural commodities and minerals – the vast bulk of which are imported. Although it is estimated that the proportion of...
Improving forest governance in Laos
In 2012, the Lao government expressed interest in negotiating a Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) with the European Union to address illegal logging trade and to improve forest governance. An unreleased study for WWF found...
Do FLEGT VPAs improve governance?
Fern has published research showing that the FLEGT Voluntary Partnership Agreements (VPAs) have led to clear improvements in forest governance. the publication of the research came as the European Commission released an...
Les ONG appellent l’EU à renforcer le Plan daction FLEGT
Un groupe d'ONG, y compris Fern, a publié une note d'information qui appelle l'UE à renforcer les mesures contenues dans son Plan d'Action sur l'application de la législation forestière, la gouvernance et les échanges commerciaux...
International groups demand investigation into Berta Cáceres murder
A group of more than 50 international organisations have written to the Honduran President to demand an independent international investigation into last week’s killing of the environmental and indigenous rights campaigner Berta...
Is DRC planning to lift moratorium and open world’s second largest rainforest to industrial logging?
A group of national and international NGOs, including Fern, have issued a statementwarning that plans by the Democratic Republic of Congo to lift a moratorium on new logging concessions threatens to cause environmental...
BLOG: Despite reservations, we should stick with EUTR to tackle illegal timber trade
Last week, UK newspaper the Guardian published a scathing articleabout a core EU regulation to prevent the trade in illegal timber, citing incomplete implementation and ‘no clear evidence’ that the EUTR is having any real effect...