Return of the trees
Global governments have been discussing how to deal with climate change at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) meetings since 1992. As the decades progress, emissions have continued to rise: We are now so close to the maximum atmospheric carbon dioxide the world can handle that as well as decarbonising our energy, transport and food infrastructure, and halting deforestation, countries will need to also remove emissions from the atmosphere.
The only scientifically proven way to do this is to plant and restore forests, but we must never forget that for people who live in and depend on forests, they’re not just carbon sinks: they are their pharmacy, their culture, their supermarket and their home.
They have an intimate understanding of their land and their environment. For them, restoring the forest is not just about protecting the climate, it’s about providing for their family and improving their future. No one is better placed to restore and protect our forests than the people whose livelihoods directly depend upon it.
Fern works with forest, climate and human rights experts to ensure our work benefits people, the climate and biodiversity.
This means ensuring efforts to increase the carbon forests sequester are done as well as, not instead of emissions reduction work in other areas. We promote policy measures which increase biodiversity, and campaign for the involvement of local people and civil society in designing and implementing forest restoration projects.
Restoration related resources
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...
IPCC report discredits the burning of forests: NGOs outline the alternative
From the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) landmark report showing that we have just 12 years to keep global warming to a maximum of 1.5°C, to the devastating heat wave...
Missing Pathways to 1.5°C : Executive summary
This summary of the CLARA report looks at how the land sector can help ambitious climate action. It provides an alternate response to the question of how we can meet the Climate Paris Agreement’s goal of keeping warming to 1.5°C. ...
Missing Pathways to 1.5°C: The role of the land sector in ambitious climate action
Climate ambition that safeguards land rights, biodiversity and food This report examines three overlapping crises: climate change, biodiversity loss and the growing land and other rights abuses against Indigenous Peoples and local...