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Why we can’t allow the EU-Republic of Congo forest partnership to lose momentum
In 2013, the Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) between the government of the Republic of Congo and the European Union (EU) entered into force, with the aim of addressing problems related to forest governance and illegal...
Forest Governance 6 - November 2022
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In September, Fern’s civil society partners from the Congo Basin, West Africa and South East Asia came to Brussels to talk with policymakers about deforestation’s impact - on landscapes as well as...
Deforestation Regulation: FLEGT’s achievements must be saved at all costs
FLEGT’s achievements must be saved at all costs, says Christian Mounzéo of Rencontre pour la paix et les droits de l’homme (RPDH), Republic of Congo.
CLIMATE FINANCE - How can it help to protect forests and human rights and improve governance?
Forests are crucial to keeping average global temperature rise below 1.5°C. Their protection and restoration could provide a cost-effective solution for climate mitigation, and adaptation. To meet targets for the Agriculture,...
Forest Governance 4 - October 2021
To preserve the Congo Basin rainforest and reduce carbon emissions, CSOs need continued oversight
Independent forest monitoring in Congo: A governance tool at risk?
In the Republic of the Congo (RoC), the forestry sector continues to face governance challenges. Authorities often struggle to enforce laws and sanction illegal logging practices, and corruption remains omnipresent. Civil society...
Forest Governance 2 - February 2021
Forest governance in the Congo: Domestic advances but climate plans lag behind
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...
Annual Report 2019
The world’s forests, and the rights of many who depend on them, remained under assault in 2019.
These attacks came from many directions: from the erosion of environmental and human rights protections in Brazil under President Jair Bolsonaro, to the Amazon fires; from the EU’s devastating bioenergy policy, to its raft of Free Trade Agreements with forested countries to increase our insatiable consumption of products that drive deforestation; from a lack of secure tenure rights for people depending on forests for their survival, to failures of transparency and accountability in the forest sector…
Forest defenders on the COVID-19 frontline stand ready to assist the global EU response
Peoples’ and the planet’s resilience can be enhanced by integrating the COVID-19 response with European Green Deal initiatives and prioritising the most vulnerable.