France floats ‘compensation’ to maintain DRC logging moratorium
The French Environment Minister and President of COP21, Ségolène Royal, has raised the possibility of compensating countries that protect their forests.
Royal was speaking in the Democratic Republic of Congo, home to the second...
Credit where it’s due!
Two great women who have worked hard for forest communities have been publicly recognised: Clare Rewcastle Brown, known for her investigations into corruption in Malaysia, and land tenure specialist Liz Alden Wily.
News in brief - April 2016
Communities Rights Network
Representatives from 12 VPA countries will be in Brussels from 11 April to discuss how to improve forest governance and strengthen communities’ rights through using the FLEGT VPA process. They’ll be...
FLEGT Action plan evaluation ongoing
An evaluation of the 2003 Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) action plan is ongoing, with a view to its possible revision. A website including an online survey has been set up to offer all stakeholders the...
EU Action on deforestation seems “appropriate”
As the European Commission begins work on issues to be addressed in its 2016 work programme, pressure is building for EU action to rein in EU consumption of agricultural products grown on deforested land. A number of EU Member...
EUTR is up to the challenge – if Member States and private sector are
The European Timber Regulation (EUTR) remains a “highly relevant” tool in the fight against the trade in illegal timber and has the “potential to achieve its objectives”, according to a report commissioned by the European...
Civil aviation’s climate change plan: fiddling while Rome burns
After the majority of the world’s countries signed a global agreement to hold the increase in global temperatures to well below 2 degrees, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has made a proposal to achieve Carbon...
EU holds its ground on legality standards for Indonesian timber
Indonesia still hopes to become the first country in the world to export timber to the EU under a FLEGT (Forest, Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade) licence, demonstrating that its timber is legal.
Indonesia’s government had...
Time to end impunity in Congo’s forest sector
The rights of forest communities in the Republic of Congo continue to be violated with impunity, a recent report by the Organisation Congolaise des Droits de l’Homme (OCDH) has concluded.
These violations are happening despite...