News in brief October 2016
Systemic illegalities persist in the Republic of Congo’s (RoC) forest sector, despite the Voluntary Partnership Agreement (FLEGT VPA) it signed with the EU to combat illegal timber trade. The RoC’s Independent Monitor of the...
Comment laccord des nations unies sur laviation dupe le climat
Les compagnies aériennes préparent un accord qui affaiblira grandement notre capacité à lutter contre le changement climatique. Interpeller l'OACI, Organisation de l'aviation civile internationale, pour qu'ils REDUISENT leurs...
EU banks lend money to alleged land-grabbers
Banks based in the European Union are major funders of companies at high risk of involvement in land-grabbing and deforestation, according to new research by Fern.
The study examines the sources of finance of 23 large companies...
EU bioenergy policy debate heating up
Just weeks before the expected 30 November launch of the European Commission’s ‘Winter Package’ on climate and energy policies a group of 11 NGOs, including Fern have launched a paper with recommendations for a new EU sustainable...
Fern’s contribution to the EU vision for the future of development policy
In its recent submission to the EU Commission’s consultation on future EU development policy, Fern stated that EU policies should be judged by their impact on small farmers and local communities as well as the environment and...
Academics document FLEGT VPA successes
The EU Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) process has been remarkably effective in improving governance and combatting illegal logging in Indonesia and Ghana. This is the conclusion of an academic paper that...
News in brief September 2016
Oil palm concessions and illegal loggers are continually encroaching upon Liberia’s dense forests. Fern’s new Video Blog with James Otto of the Sustainable Development Institute in Liberia gives a breakdown of the problems many...
News in brief July 2016
The Council of Environmental Ministers adopted Conclusions on a Circular Economy Action Plan, on 20 June 2016, in which they ask the Commission to take more action to ensure sustainable sourcing and supply of raw materials. From a...
Brexit, forests and the future of European decision making
For many living in the UK but feeling European, the referendum verdict was a great shock. With offices both in Brussels and the UK, Fern staff feel the decision particularly strongly. We have worked with Member States, MEPs,...