A new beginning in the fight against illegal timber
The first batch of timber considered legal under Europe’s most innovative ever anti-illegal logging policy arrived in the UK this month. The timber’s seven week voyage across around 20,000 kilometres of ocean - from the heat and...
Fern cautiously welcomes the EU and Vietnam Voluntary Partnership Agreement
On 18 November, a significant milestone was reached in the fight to protect Vietnam’s forests.The EU and Vietnam agreed ‘in principle’ on a Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) , establishing a legal framework promoting legal...
Where are forests in Europe’s plans to make the Sustainable Development Goals a reality?
In September 2015, after the largest consultation in the history of the United Nations, more than 150 world leaders agreed on a new agenda to “free the human race from the tyranny of poverty”.The Sustainable Developments Goals...
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...
Comment on the COP21 - the end of negotiations draw near
Forests in spotlight as COP21 climate talks approach endgameAs the 21st UN Climate Conference reaches its final days in Paris, how is the outcome shaping up for forests? On Wednesday 9th December, the first text of the Draft Paris...