A civil society counter-brief on the Ghana-EU VPA
On 3 September 2008, Ghana and the European Union (EU) initialled a Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA). The VPA is a trade agreement between Ghana and EU that seeks to regulate the trade in timber between the two. It also aims...
Process to ratify timber trade agreements
A short briefing note on the processes that leads to operational VPA agreements.
The VPA process is undertaken by the EU on behalf of all its Member States. Although both parties (the EU and the timber producer country) enter...
A civil society counter-brief on the Congo-EU VPA
On 9 May 2009 the government of the Republic of Congo and the European Union (EU) concluded a Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) that aims to solve the country’s problem of illegal logging and associated poor forest governance....
A civil society counter-brief on the Cameroon–EU VPA
On 6th May 2010, the Cameroonian Government and the European Union (EU) concluded a Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) that aims to solve the country’s pervasive problem of illegal logging and associated poor governance. The...
Why Congo Basin countries stand to lose out from a market based REDD
This briefing paper unravels the implications of setting a historical baseline with a correction factor for low deforestation countries. It also explains why carbon markets are unlikely to raise the anticipated funds for forest...
Is REDD undermining FLEGT
With proper safeguards, FLEGT has the capacity to bring about real improvements in forest governance – but concerns have been raised that this could all be undermined by the Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Forest...
Counting the cost: forest credits and their effect on carbon markets
A short briefing note looking at research into the impact of trading forest carbon credits on carbon markets, and the subsequent effect on forests and the climate.
From green ideals to REDD money
FERN briefing note detailing the history of Avoided Deforestation and Degradation and explaining the basic differences between the different country proposals on the table for Reduced Emissions of Deforestation and Forest...
Consultation requirements under FLEGT
A briefing note by a coalition of European NGOs which details what constitutes a proper consultation process for countries negotiating a Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade, Voluntary Partnership Agreement (FLEGT-VPA)...
Avoiding Deforestation and Degradation: Walking the tightrope to success
A short briefing note which looks at how to ensure REDD schemes have a threefold purpose: to safeguard and enforce the rights of indigenous peoples and local communities, to bring an end to great swathes of deforestation and to...