Publications & Insight
Subsidies to forest destruction dwarf REDD+ funding
A new study by ODI examining subsidies for the production of ‘forest risk’ commodities in Indonesia (timber and palm oil) and Brazil (beef and soya) concludes that domestic subsidies for the production of these commodities dwarfs...
New Fern research provides recommendations for EU action on deforestation
Seventy per cent of global deforestation is due to agricultural expansion, largely to produce crops and livestock for international trade. The EU is the destination for much of these agricultural commodities, and bears significant...
Playing with Fire: Europes bioenergy future
Many European countries rely on bioenergy to meet their renewable energy targets - with detrimental impacts on forests, air quality, the climate and the European wood industry.
Our new film - featuring interviews with MEP Bas...
Return of the trees
To have a fair chance of limiting global temperature rise to a maximum of 1.5 degrees Celsius, it will be necessary to remove at least 500 billion tonnes of CO2 from the atmosphere. The best way to do this is to work with local...
Bonn kick-starts the New York Declaration on Forests
At the COP23 in Bonn – three years after the 2014 New York Declaration on Forests (NYDF) was passed – the UN Development Programme (UNDP) launched the Global Platform for the New York Declaration on Forests (NYDF Platform), a...
Parliament calls for ‘negative emissions’
Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have called for the EU to be producing negative emissions – sucking more carbon dioxyde out of the atmosphere than it is putting in – soon after 2050.
The European Parliament’s Energy...
Primeval forests logged in Romanian Natura 2000 site
The last great primeval forests in the EU are disappearing at a breathtaking speed e.g., Białowieża in Poland. Now, in Romania another drama is taking place. Trees in national parks – even those that are part of EU’s Natura 2000...
Biofuture: Paving the road to hell with good intentions
In November 2017, at COP23 in Bonn, 19 countries announced their misguided intention to use more biomass for energy production as a part of their efforts to fight climate change. The list of countries includes major energy...
CoNGOs project : Discussion of a new paradigm for community forestry
The CoNGOs project partners discuss a new paradigm for community forestry at the meeting of the CBFP parties in Douala.
At the 17th annual Meeting of Parties of the Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP) in Douala, Cameroon, Fern...
LULUCF: EU misses key chance to deliver on Paris Agreement
The EU missed a golden chance to deploy its forests in the fight against climate change. The EU finalised carbon accounting rules on land and forests (known as the LULUCF Regulation). This is the first attempt to amend legislation...