FLEGT VPA Update November 2013
Every six months, FERN produces an update looking at the present situation with regards the EU's Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Action Plan, with a specific focus on Voluntary Partnership Agreements (VPAs)....
Subsidising Climate Change: How industry uses the EU ETS to manipulate State Aid rules for their own profit
This short briefing looking at how State Aid is being used to offset the indirect costs of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS). The Commission is attempting to remedy the low price of carbon, but State Aid guidelines mean...
Lessons learned from funding for FLEGT
This briefing note provides useful suggestions for civil society with regards to applying for funding to work on FLEGT. It is based on lessons learned from past experiences as well as direct inputs from the donors themselves. The ...
Central African Republic civil society counterbrief
On 21 December 2010 the government of the Central African Republic and the European Union signed a Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade Voluntary Partnership Agreement to tackle illegal logging. This briefing presents...
Local Civil Society Organisations join EU battle against illegal logging
This briefing note looking at what has been achieved so far by FLEGT Voluntary Partnership Agreements (VPAs) finds that the EU has played a central role in ensuring various civil society groups are involved in the VPA negotiating...
Banking on carbon markets: Why the European Investment Bank got it wrong in the fight against climate change
This briefing provides an overview of the publicly documented involvement of the European Investment Bank (EIB) in support of failing carbon markets. It is based on a report by the organisations Counter Balance and Campagna per la...
O mercado de carbono não é a solução que promete ser para governos, florestas e populações do hemisfério sul
Muitos governos acreditam que o comércio de carbono gerará recursos consideraveis para a proteção e gestão 'sustentável' de florestas localizadas em seus países, através de iniciativas que proponham a Redução de Emissões por...
Is REDD-readiness taking us in the right direction?
This set of case studies from 2011 looking at how the REDD+ process has been experienced on the ground is a follow up to the June 2010 Accra Caucus on Forests and Climate Change report looking at countries preparing for the...
Central America’s first VPA? Perspectives on FLEGT in Honduras
In early April 2011, and following some initial contacts between Honduras and the European Union (EU) in mid-2010, a series of meetings and workshops were held in Honduras with the objective to explore the potential negotiation of...
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...