Should world’s first FLEGT licences receive warm welcome?
On 15 November 2016, Indonesia became the first country in the world to issue FLEGT licences, opening up the long-awaited ‘green lane’ access to EU markets promised to countries that successfully implement a Voluntary Partnership...
Fines used to enforce the EU Timber Regulation’s documentation requirement
Two Member State authorities have issued fines upholding the EU Timber Regulation requirement for proper documentation indicating that the timber put on the EU market is legally sourced.In November 2016 the Netherlands, for the...
News in Brief December 2016
Malta, who will hold the next European presidency (January - June 2017), is a country with exceptional oceans and almost 200 km of coastline, but it is not known for its forests. In fact it has so few forests, they are referred to...
Communities, not BECCS, crucial for limiting warming to 1.5°C
A briefing released last week by Fern, Rainforest Foundation Norway and Friends of the Earth Norway dismisses the need for dangerous carbon dioxide removal (CDR) measures, such as Bioenergy Carbon Capture and Storage (BECCS), and...
European Commission sacrifices forests for energy
Brussels, November 30 –Today’s Winter Package on Climate and Energy marks a crucial missed chance by the European Commission to end a policy which is causing untold damage to forests and the climate.The Winter Package includes a...
Fern cautiously welcomes the EU and Vietnam Voluntary Partnership Agreement
On 18 November, a significant milestone was reached in the fight to protect Vietnam’s forests.The EU and Vietnam agreed ‘in principle’ on a Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) , establishing a legal framework promoting legal...
Where are forests in Europe’s plans to make the Sustainable Development Goals a reality?
In September 2015, after the largest consultation in the history of the United Nations, more than 150 world leaders agreed on a new agenda to “free the human race from the tyranny of poverty”.
The Sustainable Developments Goals (...
Video Blog: Why forests are at risk in Liberia and how to plant the seeds of change
Illegal logging is reducing globally, but deforestation continues as land is cleared for commercial agriculture. In Liberia, oil palm concessions were welcomed by the Government as a means to create jobs and infrastructure after...
Guest blog: Green Invasion
Europe’s once peaceful forests are being invaded - in the name of green energy. To meet European Union policies for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and promoting renewable electricity and heating, governments from France to...