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How much do communities get from logging? Social obligations in the logging sector in Cameroon, Ghana, Liberia and Republic of Congo
This study looks at the benefits gained by local communities from the logging industry in Cameroon, Ghana, Liberia and the Republic of Congo and was carried out with support from and on request of local NGOs in these countries.The...
Mexican community forest constitution
This is a typical constitution for a community forest in Mexico. It is the central document setting out how the community governs itself and its land and resources. It covers issues such as:How the community assembly takes...
Tackling illegal logging in Ghana: Why civil society is generating pressure to deliver a VPA
I have just returned from a two-week policy tour of Europe, visiting decision makers working on the EU Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Action Plan in Belgium, Germany, France and the Netherlands. I was hoping...
Making Voluntary Partnership Agreements (VPAs) work for forests, people and the climate: Civil society recommendations on the future of VPAs
As decision makers in the European Union (EU) and timber producing countries consider the future of the FLEGT Action Plan, and its Voluntary Partnership Agreements (VPA), civil society organisations and platforms from Cameroon,...
The Long Wait: Cameroon’s forest communities seek their dues
Almost half of Cameroon is covered by forest, and the sector plays a critical role in the country’s economy.Yet Cameroon’s forest communities continue to suffer from the exploitation of their forests – while the financial benefits...
Community forests: A discussion document for Fern and partners
Anyone who works with forest dwellers across the world asks themselves the following question at some point or another: Can community forests be a viable alternative to industrial logging? If so, what form would this alternative...
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...
How to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals? Focus on forests
In September 2015, world governments adopted an Agenda for Sustainable Development with 17 universal Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to be achieved by 2030. The aims are noble and daunting – end all forms of poverty, fight...
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...