Including smallholders in EU action to protect and restore the world’s forests
In Mid-December 2021 the European Commission is due to release a regulatory proposal to minimise the European Union’s (EU) deforestation and forest degradation footprint. In advance of this draft proposal, six NGOs have come...
What does ‘Fit for 55’ mean for forests?
Why the European Commission's 2030 climate and energy proposal is unfit for forests.
Progress towards strong forest governance in Voluntary Partnership Agreement countries 2018-2020
Tropical forests and those who depend on them are at greatest risk where their governance is weak. The Voluntary Partnership Agreements (VPAs) that the EU - and, post-Brexit, the UK independently - establishes with forested...
The Forest Strategy must support people, nature and the climate, and not bow to industry pressure
This is statement signed by four pan European networks and 67 organisations from 20 countries across Europe calling on the European Commission to ensure the Forest Strategy supports people, nature and the climate.
A brief guide to the European Union
What is the European Union (EU), how does it work and, most importantly how can activists, civil society representatives and NGOs influence EU decisions and policies?
These are the questions answered by our new EU guide, written...
Pandemics, pets & packaging: why paper reduction needs to be at the forefront of forest campaigners’ minds
By Luisa Colasimone, Coordinator, Environmental Paper Network International
I would have never imagined that a pandemic would reveal the difficulties of reconciling my love of pets with my love for forests.
As the happy roommate...
Why bioenergy is not a climate solution
Tackling the climate crisis requires sustainable, just solutions. Burning wood that comes directly from the forest (primary forest biomass) releases vast emissions. Yet the industry has boomed in the last decade, leading...
The EU Renewable Energy Directive Recast
An opportunity to help meet climate and biodiversity objectives
Unsustainable and Ineffective: Why EU Forest Biomass Standards won't stop destruction
There has been intense criticism of the European Union (EU) Renewable Energy Directive (RED) for leading to adverse impacts on forests in Europe and beyond. To tackle these concerns, the EU developed sustainability criteria that...