Publications & Insight
Annual Report 2017
2017 was a year in which extreme weather events pushed climate to the top of many people's agenda. It was also the year in which Fern launched its new restoration campaign and said goodbye to our founder Saskia Ozinga. Read our Annual Report to find out more about what it is like to work for Fern and how we are getting the EU to work for people and forests.
Annual Report 2016
It’s been a year of political earthquakes. The UK voted to leave the European Union. The US President says that climate change is a Chinese hoax and is rolling back years of hard-won environmental laws. And we’ve supposedly entered the post-truth age, where ‘alternative facts’ streamed via social media are the main news source for millions...
Annual Report 2015
Last year was Fern’s twentieth anniversary, and a natural moment for us to reflect on how far we’ve come. Our previous annual report, covering March 2014 to April 2015, chronicled our achievements over the past two decades. From now on our annual reports will follow the calendar year, so this one includes some of the same period as the last. Yet there’s no need to look back over old successes again; the challenges before us are too great.
Annual Report 2014
In March 2015 Fern entered its third decade of campaigning for an EU that protects rather than destroys forests, and which respects rather than ignores the rights of those who depend on them.
Annual Report 2013
2013 has been a year of progress for FERN’s campaigns, sometimes dramatic, sometimes grindingly slow. More than a decade of campaigning for legislation to stop illegal timber entering the EU was finally rewarded this year with the implementation of the European Union Timber Regulation (EUTR). Those in the EU who now trade in illegally sourced timber can face criminal charges...
Annual Report 2012
2012 was a tumultuous year. People in the Middle East and countries where FERN works like Malaysia and Gabon stood up to dictatorial rule; hurricane Sandy sent salt water into the streets of New York, bringing climate change to the attention of a sceptical US public; and countries across the EU found themselves deeply affected by the growing financial crisis.
Annual Report 2011
2011 demonstrated just how unfit for purpose the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS) really is. At the start of the year, trading in the schemes’ carbon allowances was paralysed for several weeks when a series of thefts exposed the EU ETS’ vulnerability to fraud, theft and malpractice...
Annual Report 2010
FERN has been facilitating meetings of the Forest Movement Europe (FME) since 1995. The FME is an informal network of NGOs working on forests from a social and environmental justice perspective. The meetings are intended to be an informal gathering and a place in which strategies can be openly shared. Annual meetings are regularly attended by representatives from up to 45 different organisations. Each year a partner organisation hosts the event, and in 2010 it was organised by ARA www.araonline.de. ARA works on projects for environmentally and socially equitable development.
Annual Report 2009
Although FERN’s overall goals of social and environmental justice still feel distant, there were clear successes along the journey such as the UK following Denmark, the Netherlands and Belgium in committing to include social criteria in its procurement policy and the conclusion of the second Voluntary Partnership Agreement in the Republic of Congo.
Annual Report 2008
There were some exciting moments and campaign successes last year, such as the signing of the first Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Voluntary Partnership Agreement; and the October decision by German, Austrian and Swiss ECAs to begin the official process of withdrawing financial support for the controversial Ilisu Dam in Turkey. The move follows years of campaigning by the European Export Credit Agency (ECA) Reform Campaign, facilitated by FERN, to pressure European ECAs to withdraw. More successes and the details of the challenges we face are outlined throughout this report.