Could EU-Indonesia free trade deal end palm oil conundrum?
As a new round of free trade negotiations between the European Union and Indonesia begins in Brussels, improving forest governance should be central to any agreement.
Palm oil has had a lot of bad press. Shocked by numerous land...
People power: Estonians show how to bring about change
Concerned residents of Tartu, Estonia, have pulled off a rare victory: Estonia’s government has announced it will end the national planning procedure for a proposed “biorefinery” (pulp mill) developed by Est-For Invest OU (FW 235)...
Politics trumps science as EU lays out its renewable energy future
The EU’s new bioenergy policy is driven by vested interests not evidence, writes Linde Zuidema.“I want the European Union to become the world number one in renewables,” Jean-Claude Juncker declared in January 2014. This grand...
Mercosur: Don’t sacrifice our food standards and tropical forests for trade
The trade agreement currently being negotiated by the EU and Mercosur will increase deforestation and accelerate the demise of European farmers by subjecting them to unfair competition, argue Perrine Fournier and Yannick Jadot.
Shard of light
Negotiations around the timber trade deal between Honduras and the European Union show how diverse interests can be reconciled in a divided land. Isolda Arita reports.
Honduras is a nation riven by conflict, with the disputed p...
Slow Death in Siberia
How Europe’s coal dependency is devastating Russia’s forests and indigenous Shor people
The EU’s new LULUCF Regulation: is it fit for (climate) purpose?
Blog 17.4.2018The EU’s new LULUCF Regulation: is it fit for (climate) purpose? By Hanna Aho, Fern’s forest and climate campaignerFor the last three years, Fern has been involved in the debate about the LULUCF Regulation. This...
The EU must act on new evidence of soy’s destructive role in the tropics
Spurred on by a wave of food scandals - as well as rising consumer anxieties over the environment and animal welfare - major retailers across Europe are sourcing more of their meat from local, sustainable sources. It should be a...
Nepal shows how forest restoration can help people, biodiversity and the climate
A revolution is unfolding in the foothills of the Himalayas: trees are coming back to areas run by communities.Over the past quarter century, the foothills of the Himalayas have seen a radical transformation. A pattern of...
Cameroonian women are the first victims of palm oil plantations
“The Time is now: rural and urban activists transforming women's lives.”
This is not the title of a non-governmental organisation (NGO) campaign, but the theme of this year’s United Nations International Women’s Day, which...