To benefit people, biodiversity and the climate, EU development programmes must heed local voices
The EU is the world’s largest aid donor and a major political actor with a strong influence over global policies. The EU recognises civil society as an essential actor in policy making and implementation, specifically in the...
Analysis on biomass in National Energy and Climate Plans
The European Union relies heavily on burning forest biomass to achieve its renewable energy targets. This destructive burning has doubled since the early 2000s and has already surpassed projected levels. Half of all harvested wood...
How bioenergy harms biodiversity: the facts
Intensive forest management is having devastating impacts on wildlife and biodiversity in the EU. This has increased since bioenergy was incentivised as a renewable form of energy under the Renewable Energy Directive. Scientists,...
How can NDCs contribute to forest governance and resilient local communities?
Five ways the EU can ensure forests support EU climate and biodiversity goals
To tackle the climate crisis, EU land and forests need to absorb more carbon dioxide, but the opposite is happening. EU forest health and biodiversity is declining, even in EU forests protected by legislation. Half of all the wood...
Stop EU-Mercosur Coalition Statement
We, the undersigned organisations, call on political leaders on both sides of the Atlantic to stop the EU-Mercosur trade agreement.
The EU-Mercosur agreement belongs to an out-dated 20th Century model of trade that has failed the...
COVID, forests and forest peoples: The implications of the pandemic for forest campaigns.
This is a paper exploring COVID-19’s impact on the work of those trying to protect forests and forest peoples.
The paper investigates the links between forests and various aspects of pandemic recovery—from the prevention of...
Fern position on the EU-Mercosur agreement
This EU-Mercosur Free Trade Agreement will increase trade in the agricultural products that are the main drivers of deforestation in South America. This is opposite of what needs to happen for the EU to achieve its commitments to...
The EU LULUCF Regulation: Help or hindrance to sustainable forest biomass use?
The European Commission has stated that, “climate action is at the heart of the recently introduced European Green Deal”, including “ambitiously cutting greenhouse gas emissions” and reaching zero emissions by 2050. As part of the...
Beyond commitments: How can Nationally Determined Contributions contribute to forest governance and resilient local communities?
In 2018, Fern and our partners revealed that many African states’ Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) pledges were not considering the need to improve forest governance. As countries are now preparing and communicating new...