Blog: Aviation industrys carbon offsetting plans keep flying into trouble
Keeping global warming below 1.5°C - which the Paris Agreement strives to – means fundamental changes for industries from energy to transport. Yet the aviation sector - one of the planet’s biggest emitters of carbon dioxide (CO2)...
Sacrificing South America’s forests on the altar of EU market access
The first trade talks between the European Union and the Mercosur bloc of nations - Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay – began almost 20 years ago. Since then they have stuttered through 28 rounds of negotiations, but this...
Guest Blog: Are European taxpayers funding land grabs and forest destruction?
The central aim of European Development Financial Institutions (DFIs) is to foster growth and reduce poverty. Yet in Africa, evidence is mounting that they have funded ‘forestry’ projects which have caused deforestation, possible...
The fate of the Congo Basin forests must lie with its people
A light breeze of democratisation is blowing through the Congo Basin – and it is being driven by civil society.In the Central African Republic (CAR), civil society is playing a key role in rebuilding a nation torn apart by civil...
Ghana is on the brink of a major advance in its fight against illegal logging. But now its forests face serious threat from mining.
Between 1990 and 2005 Ghana lost an estimated quarter of its national forest cover. Illegal timber harvesting was rife, and poor governance and a lack of transparency plagued the forest sector.Things began to change for the better...
Blog: Białowieża forest struggle is symptomatic of a greater ill
As Polish authorities disregard national protests and international pressure to stop logging, activists face increasing hostility in order to protect Białowieża, Europe’s last primeval forest. Activists estimate that 600-900 trees...
Blog: What can the EU do to curb corruption in the forest sector?
Corruption. It has blighted countries in every continent for generations, and is identified as a main reason why illegal logging continues at a seemingly unstoppable rate. Each year Transparency International produces a Corruption...
Blog: How can EU policies halt deforestation?
In the five years between 2010 and 2015, EU consumption raized an area of forests the size of Portugal. In 2012 alone, the EU imported EUR 6 billion of soy, palm, leather, and beef produced on forests illegally converted to...
Blog: Trading in incoherence? EU trade policy needs improving to give forests, communities and the climate a fair chance
When it comes to global trade, it is difficult to overestimate the EU’s importance. It is the world’s second largest importer (after the US), and the second largest exporter (after China), and has an overall share of world trade...
Guest blog: Can forests help revive war-torn Central African Republic?
Earlier this month, the United Nations envoy for the Central African Republic (CAR) reminded the world of the neglected tragedy unfolding in my country.“The intensity of the attacks, their premediated nature and the targeting of...