Voluntary corporate commitments no substitute for government action against illegal forest destruction, study reveals
A new report released today by Fern and Forest Trends finds that the onus is on governments in both forested and consumer countries to halt the trade...
EU clings to doomed biomass policy
The new Renewable Energy Directive agreed on today will apply for the period 2021 – 2030 and will continue to incentivise current destructive practices: increasing forest harvests, the burning of whole trees and stumps, and large...
Press release: EU demand helping drive human rights abuses in Russia’s coal heartland
A new report by forests and rights NGO Fern and Coal Action Network reveals the devastation that the expansion of coal mining in the Kuzbass region of southern Siberia is causing to the area’s indigenous Shor people and the...
European Commission study shows path to end agricultural deforestation – now it must act
A study published on March 16 by the European Commission offers a long-awaited blueprint for ending the European Union’s central role in agricultural deforestation – clearing forests for soy, palm oil, cocoa and other agricultural...
Republic of Congo: Support message for NGO Rencontre pour la Paix et les Droits de l’Homme
Fern is deeply concerned with the looting of Rencontre pour la Paix et les Droits de l’Homme (RPDH) offices in Pointe-Noire, Republic of Congo, on 9 March, 2018. RPDH has been working on human rights issues and natural resource...
Climate the loser as the European Parliament fails to ensure wood is burnt sustainably
(Brussels) – 17 January 2018. The European Parliament today failed to help the climate by reversing the European Union’s (EU) disastrous bioenergy policy. Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) voted on the new Renewable Energy...
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...
Airlines’ ‘action’ on climate change means doubling emissions
This press release exposes the flaws in the airline industry’s plans to offset its carbon emissions.
Forests and climate will suffer from Council’s decision
EU Environment ministers today bowed to pressure from a small nucleus of nations led by Finland, and opted for damaging new carbon accounting rules on land and forests (known as the LULUCF Regulation). This press release explains...
EU’s Environment Committee recognises role of forests in fighting climate change but fails on bioenergy
The European Parliament’s Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) Committee today voted to increase removals of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere by forests from 2030 onwards, recognising the important role that EU...