Japan’s new law fails to meet G7 commitment to halt the trade in illegal timber
This joint letter on behalf of 15 organisations highlights serious weaknesses in Japan’s new law intended to stop the trade in illegal timber. It outlines the measures that the Japanese government should take to ensure their...
International groups demand investigation into Berta Cáceres murder
A group of more than 50 international organisations have written to the Honduran President to demand an independent international investigation into last week’s killing of the environmental and indigenous rights campaigner Berta...
Is DRC planning to lift moratorium and open world’s second largest rainforest to industrial logging?
A group of national and international NGOs, including Fern, have issued a statementwarning that plans by the Democratic Republic of Congo to lift a moratorium on new logging concessions threatens to cause environmental...
Vietnamese NGOs call for improved forest governance through FLEGT VPA and free trade deal
The EU and Vietnam recently concluded a Free Trade Agreement and reaffirmed their determination to conclude negotiations for a Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) promoting sustainable and legal timber trading. In a statement, a...
Will carbon markets ever deliver for southern government, forests and people?
This statement, endorsed by 57 prominent human rights and environmental organisations from Europe, Africa, Asia,and North America, argues that carbon markets will never deliver for southern governments, forests or people.Carbon...
Comment on the COP21 - a forest perspective
Forests barely feature in the draft text, but runaway climate change could devastate the forests which more than a billion people directly rely on for their survival. Forests also play a crucial role in regulating the climate....
Pitfalls and potentials: the role of bioenergy in the EU climate and energy policy post 2020
This position paper from Fern and 10 other NGOs argues that the EU should limit bioenergy use in achieving the 2030 renewable energy target, and should introduce safeguards to avoid negative impacts on the environment, people and...
Open letter to Commissioner Potočnik about biodiversity offsetting
This letter from a group of concerned organisations and individuals who believe that legislation on biodiversity offsetting being considered by the European Commission would harm nature and people, and would give power to those...
Joint NGO call to the EU to develop an Action Plan on deforestation and forest degradation
The EU’s 2013 ‘Forest Footprint’ study revealed how the bloc leads the industrialised world in driving global deforestation. The EU was the largest net importer of embodied deforestation between 1990 and 2008, significantly ahead...
ETS reforms steal attention from measures that could actually work
FERN wrote this guest commentary for PointCarbon (www.pointcarbon.com) to highlight that the time has come to give up waiting for the "market" to deliver the structural changes needed to keep global warming below two degrees and...