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Forest Watch 252 - February 2020
European Parliament calls for rules to end imported deforestation but concerns about Indigenous Peoples rights in Brazil
Tree-planting is the talk of Davos: why this dangerous narrative must be challenged
Faced with a momentous challenge, politicians and business are recycling a failed solution. Caritas France proposes a more promising one that tackles both climate change and hunger.
The Congo Basin Forest Partnership: a powerful force to save Central Africa’s forests?
German facilitation of the Partnership could set an innovative course.
France’s forest strategy: fighting to end the climate crisis or to increase logging?
A new report challenges France’s strategy to fight climate change with forests and reveals the actions they should take instead.
European Parliament calls for rules to end imported deforestation
Several options are under consideration, including binding rules to ensure products on EU markets are deforestation-free.
Beyond belief: Bolsonaro appoints evangelist to Brazil’s FUNAI
The appointment to the the Brazilian government body that establishes and carries out policies relating to Indigenous Peoples casts a shadow on the eventual EU-Mercosur deal.
Forest management and climate change: a new approach to the french mitigation strategy
This new report challenges whether France’s long-term forest strategy will fight climate change. The report shows the flaws in the French plan to produce heat and electricity from burning wood and offers an alternative vision where forests can play their role in fighting the climate breakdown, become more resilient to future shocks and still providing for timber needs.
What comes first with the EU-Vietnam trade deal, rights or ratification?
Guest Blog: Campaigner Lindsay Duffield explains some of the challenges ahead to make sure the EU-Vietnam trade agreement doesn‘t undermine human rights or climate change commitments.
How to ensure FLEGT is a success: Make sure we stay the course
This January 2020 Fern and LoggingOff's update on FLEGT VPAs shows the support the process is still receiving from civil society, governments and the private sector. It is written by Civil Society leaders across Africa, Asia and Latin America and shows their enthusiasm for the process despite the multiple challenges.
Forests play a key role in tackling climate change
This briefing note from Coordination SUD and Fern analyses the issues we need to address to ensure forests help deliver tropical forested countries' Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). This includes respect for communities’ rights and preserving their livelihoods, protecting and restoring biodiversity, and improved forest governance. Tackling these challenges will require effective civil society participation.