Loophole after loophole, is LULUCF Regulation limping toward a dead-end?
The European Parliament’s plenary vote, 13 September 2017, on how EU nations account for emissions from their land and forest sectors (LULUCF Regulation) was disheartening. The European People’s Party (EPP) proposed last-minute...
Lungs of the Earth – forest policies for health and climate
“How can forests help the EU meet its climate, energy and clean air objectives?” This was a key question discussed on 28 September 2017 at an event looking at current and future forest-related policies. It was hosted by MEPs Paul...
Drawing out links between the Common Agricultural Policy, soy, and deforestation in South America
The European Union’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is fuelling tropical deforestation, according to a new report published by Fern at an event in the European Parliament yesterday. The event was hosted by MEP Maria Noichl (pict...
Negative emissions seminar
This seminar held in May 2016 brought key scientists together with environmental, development and human rights NGOs to understand the Paris Agreement’s implications for forests and land use. A final report of the meeting gives an...
Minutes of Community Forestry Workshop: Brussels, 3–4 April 2014
These are the minutes of the Community Forestry Workshop, organised by Fern in Brussels on 3 and 4 April 2014. The meeting brought together participants from 30 countries to share their understanding and experience of community...
Conference: Protecting forests, respecting rights
On 30 March 2015, Fern hosted a conference looking at how to develop an EU Action Plan on Deforestation. This is important as the EU's consumption of agricultural commodities and timber has resulted in the destruction of at least...
Nature is not for sale!
This event on 2 June 2014 at the Regent’s Park Hub was the second forum on the natural commons. It was split into two discussions. The first considered new directions in conservation and took a closer look at ‘value’ and...
How sustainable is Scandinavian biomass?
By 2020, bioenergy will account for more than 10 per cent of total energy consumption in the EU. Scandinavian forests will be a significant source of biomass for energy, but intensified harvesting could substantially harm...
Illegal logging, governance and trade: 2005 Joint NGO conference
FERN, Greenpeace and WWF report on the 7 April 2005 conference on illegal logging and related trade. The conference, The 2005 Joint NGO conference on illegal logging, governance and trade, was a resounding success, with delegates...