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Statement in response to the EU Forest Strategy
On 7 December, the European Commission released a mid-term review of the EU forest strategy, stating that it was “on track” to achieve its 2020 aims. Given that this review will form the basis of the next Forest Multi-Annual...
EU Development Budget: will the Council build on Parliament’s bold stance?
The European Parliament has given unambiguous support to the climate and the environment. Now Member States must follow suit.
Forest revenue transparency: Republic of Congo and the EU must do more
The 2016 report that the Republic of Congo just submitted to the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) raises NGO concerns over the country’s commitment to ensure full transparency of payments made by logging...
Ghana and FLEGT licences: Only technical steps remain
Ghana is poised to become the first African country and the second country in the world to issue FLEGT (Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade) licences. Officials from the EU and Ghana’s Ministry of Land and Natural...
Congo Basin meeting in Brussels: time for stronger action
A more ambitious plan is needed to protect forests and meet people’s aspirations in the second-largest rainforest in the world. Governments, civil society and the private sector convened in Brussels, 27 - 28 November 2018, for the...
Poor governance breaks up families: A loving tribute to Priso
Last Friday (December 7) I arrived in Yaoundé, Cameroon’s capital, to work with Fern’s longstanding partner, the Centre for Environment and Development (CED). The purpose of my visit was to formalise our 2019 plans for how to...
Transparency and the timber trade: under construction
Illegal logging and the illicit timber trade thrive when legal frameworks, rights and benefits are unclear and complex to enforce. Transparency is therefore at the heart of Voluntary Partnership Agreements (VPAs) and over the last...
The long road to timber legality: Taking stock of the EU-Vietnam VPA timber trade deal
On 19 October 2018, after eight years of negotiations, the Voluntary Partnership Agreement – a timber trade deal between the European Union (EU) and Vietnam – was signed in Brussels. Civil society has been rightly concerned about...
Groundbreaking report sends strong message to the EU on the forest crisis
Now is the time for greater leadership from the Commission and EU Member States to end tropical deforestation and support governance reforms. The European Parliament’s new report