News in Brief April 2017
As the United Kingdom prepares to leave the EU, NGOs working on forest issues, including Fern, have formed the UK NGO Forest Coalition to ensure the UK continues to work actively on forest issues post-Brexit. On the International...
Tackling illegal logging in Ghana: Why civil society is generating pressure to deliver a VPA
I have just returned from a two-week policy tour of Europe, visiting decision makers working on the EU Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Action Plan in Belgium, Germany, France and the Netherlands. I was hoping...
The EP’s Agricultural Committee calls for action on palm oil
Reversing its previous reluctance, on 2 March 2017, the Agricultural Committee of the European Parliament took the bold step of releasing an Opinion which recognises the devastation that palm oil production has on people and the...
Biomass can emit more carbon per unit of energy than most fossil fuels, Chatham House paper reveals
In February 2017, Chatham House published Woody Biomass for Power and Heat: Impacts on the Global Climate, by Duncan Brack. Broadly picked up by media in the UK and elsewhere, the report argues that policies promoting wood for...
Environment Committee wins sole competence of the LULUCF regulation
The Land use, Land use change and Forestry (LULUCF) regulation currently being debated by the European Parliament will remain in the sole competence of the Environment (ENVI) Committee, the Conference of Committee Chairs has...
News in brief March 2017
A new Fern picture story zooms into the reality of what ‘community benefits’ truly mean on the ground. For nearly two years Cameroonian Civil Society Organisations have been campaigning for better community social benefits from...
Climate and the Sámi people threatened as Finland attempts to hide its forest emissions
Finland’s industrial logging is already threatening the climate and its indigenous Sámi people, and yet last year the Finnish government confirmed its intention to increase harvesting the country’s forests by nearly 25 per cent ...
The Long Wait: Cameroon’s forest communities seek their dues
Almost half of Cameroon is covered by forest, and the sector plays a critical role in the country’s economy.
Yet Cameroon’s forest communities continue to suffer from the exploitation of their forests – while the financial...
Guest blog: Why the failed Unilever takeover matters for forests
Whether one global mega-corporation succeeds in buying another global mega-corporation is not normally a subject of much interest to environmentalists.
Kraft Heinz’s rapidly abandoned US $143 billion tilt at Unilever is...
Time to decide: Civil society points to advances delivered by Cameroon VPA, and its potential
As a decision regarding the future of Cameroon’s Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) approaches, parties are assessing the VPA’s effectiveness and achievements and exploring all possible options. Cameroon’s VPA - signed in 2010...