Goldman Prize: the forest and EU links
Each year in April, the Goldman Prize focuses the world’s attention on environmental crises confronting communities across the globe, and the heroism of the grassroots environmental activists who take a stand, often at daunting...
News in Brief May 2017
Environmental crime has been identified as a priority in the EU’s fight against organised crime between 2018 and 2021, according to the European Commission’s Sixth progress report towards an effective and genuine Security Union,...
Drawing out links between the Common Agricultural Policy, soy, and deforestation in South America
The European Union’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is fuelling tropical deforestation, according to a new report published by Fern at an event in the European Parliament yesterday. The event was hosted by MEP Maria Noichl...
O apetite da União Europeia por soja está provocando destruição no Brasil. Veja como isto pode parar.
Representantes de vários países se reuniram em 22 de março em Brasília para a Assembleia Geral Anual da Aliança para Florestas Tropicais 2020 (TFA 2020 em inglês), uma coalizão global de governos, ONGs e empresas, cujo objetivo é...
MEPs vote in favour of Own Initiative Report on Palm Oil and Deforestation of Rainforests
Today, 4 April 2017, the European Parliament adopted the Environment Committee’s Own Initiative Report on Palm Oil and Tropical Deforestation. 640 MEPs were in favour, 18 against and 28 abstained from voting.
The Report builds on...
Bioenergy sustainability: parliament engages in tug-of-war over competence
The Renewable Energy Directive (RED II) is presently being updated under the competence of the European Parliaments’ Industry, Research and Energy Committee (ITRE). In recognition of the fact that use of biomass for energy can...
Companies need governments to stop deforestation
The world’s forests are still being destroyed to make way for industrial-scale agriculture despite many companies pledging to eliminate deforestation from supply chains for products, such as palm oil, timber, cocoa and rubber. A...
Finnish LULUCF proposal proves contentious
Experts and NGOs have challenged Finland’s blunt, controversial proposal that would allow countries to ignore carbon dioxide emissions from increased wood harvesting, thereby undermining the Commission’s original LULUCF proposal...
FAO sends out the wrong message on international forests day
More than 40 NGOs, including Fern, expressed dismay at the message that “wood is the fuel of the future”, which the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) chose as its theme for the International Day of Forests on...