AFR100: Reviving Africa’s forests
Ten African countries have signed up to a project that aims to restore 100 million hectares of deforested and degraded land by 2030 – an area larger than Nigeria. The African Forest Landscape Initiative (AFR100) was formally...
News in brief - December 2015
Condolences: Fern is deeply saddened to learn of the deaths of several members of Maxime Kamegba’s family following the inter-communal clashes that erupted in Bangui, Central African Republic, in September 2015. Maxime is a highly...
Comment on the COP21 - Issue 1 - the end of negotiations draw near
Forests in spotlight as COP21 climate talks approach endgame
As the 21st UN Climate Conference reaches its final days in Paris, how is the outcome shaping up for forests? On Wednesday 9th December, the first text of the Draft...
Comment on the COP21 - Issue 3 - a forest perspective
Forests barely feature in the draft text, but runaway climate change could devastate the forests which more than a billion people directly rely on for their survival. Forests also play a crucial role in regulating the climate....
EU forests and land could help increase carbon-cutting ambition at home
A report released today shows how the EU can include forests into its carbon cutting targets in a climate friendly way. The report by IEEP, commissioned by Fern, shows that the EU can include LULUCF in its climate and energy target in a way that incentivises action in LULUCF without reducing ambition in other sectors.
The story of Fern
2015 is Fern’s 20th year of campaigning and to mark the occasion we have released a short film in which we give our staff, board and partners the opportunity to tell the story of Fern. We hope you enjoy watching it and continue to...
Court of Auditors on FLEGT: missing the bigger picture
The long-delayed European Court of Auditors (ECA) report on the FLEGT Action Plan omitted key information but contained some welcome recommendations. Released on 22 October 2015, the ECA report described FLEGT as “innovative” but...
COP21: draft text agreed, but contentious issues remain
From 19 to 23 October, countries met in Bonn for the last negotiations before next month’s climate summit in Paris, where a new global agreement to address climate change is expected. The week got off to a rocky start: the G-77...
End subsidies for forest biomass
Burning forest biomass undermines the EU’s objectives toward climate change mitigation, nature protection and a circular economy and has a devastating, irreversible impact on forests, according to a Fern briefing note calling on...
Cameroonian activist sentenced: intimidation resonates beyond borders
On 3 November 2015 Cameroonian activist Nasako Besingi – environmental campaigner, human rights defender and director of the TAIGO prize-winning NGOStruggle to Economise our Future Environment (SEFE) – was imprisoned for...