Sarawak Chief Minister’s fine words on forest corruption must lead to action
Sarawak state government actions do not match recent statements made by Adenan Satem, Taib Mahmud’s successor as Chief Minister of Sarawak since March 2014. In May 2015, Satem reiterated his commitment (FW199) to take on...
News in brief - issue 205
As Fern pointed out in last month’s ForestWatch, four important EU consultations are now open. For a brief explanation of each consultation, please refer to FW204.
Consultation on the evaluation of the EU Timber Regulation (EUT...
Could the Central African Republic's forests be a way forward?
Conflict in the CAR is allowing illegal deforestation to rise, but turning that around could help bring lasting peace
News in brief - May 2015
Seeing the forests through the trees, a new report from Fern analysing the ‘transparency annexes’ of Voluntary Partnership Agreements (VPA) in five African countries, shows that VPA implementation is helping increase disclosure of...
The Dutch show the way: Debate on biomass becomes a burning matter
On 28 April 2015, the European Parliament voted to cap the use of, and subsidies for ‘land-based’ biofuels to meet the 2020 renewable energy target. Although sustainability concerns associated with biofuels remain, this deal...
News in brief - April 2015
FERN works to achieve environmental and social justice with a focus on forests and forest peoples' rights in the policies and practices of the European Union.
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European Parliament conference calls for EU Action on Deforestation and Forest Degradation
On 30 March 2015, Fern and Yannick Jadot and Catherine Bearder, MEPs from major European political parties co-hosted a conference “Protecting Forests, Respecting Rights: Policy Options for EU Action on Deforestation.”
Conference: Protecting forests, respecting rights
On 30 March 2015, Fern and three political parties (European Parliament’s Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (S&D), the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) and the Greens European Free...
Protecting Forests, Respecting Rights
On 30 March 2015, FERN and MEPs Catherine Bearder, Linda McAvan and Yannick Jadot will host “Protecting forests, respecting rights,” a conference examining how to deal with the EU’s deforestation footprint. From 1990 to 2008...
US NGOs raise the alarm about flawed EU renewable energy policy
The EU renewable energy policy is driving deforestation and forest degradation in the US, according to several US NGOs who visited European capitals in early February. Wood pellet exports dramatically rose, particularly in the...