Congo Basin meeting in Brussels: time for stronger action
A more ambitious plan is needed to protect forests and meet people’s aspirations in the second-largest rainforest in the world. Governments, civil society and the private sector convened in Brussels, 27 - 28 November 2018, for the...
Poor governance breaks up families: A loving tribute to Priso
Last Friday (December 7) I arrived in Yaoundé, Cameroon’s capital, to work with Fern’s longstanding partner, the Centre for Environment and Development (CED). The purpose of my visit was to formalise our 2019 plans for how to...
From the forests to the EU
Civil society explains how the EU can help protect forests and forest people rights
Around the world, about 1.6 billion people depend on forests for their survival. And yet, in 2017 alone, global tropical forests lost 15.8...
Community forests in Cameroon: what have we learnt so far?
Cameroon was the first country in Central Africa to trial community forestry. There have been challenges, but this film explains how to overcome those barriers. With thanks to Centre for the Environment and Development (CED)...
Community forests in the Congo Basin: What is the EUs role?
When done right, community forestry can help communities and global climate and Sustainable Development Goals objectives. This film explains the role the EU should play.
Cameroonian women are the first victims of palm oil plantations
“The Time is now: rural and urban activists transforming women's lives.”
This is not the title of a non-governmental organisation (NGO) campaign, but the theme of this year’s United Nations International Women’s Day, which...
Will France deliver on CAFI?
All eyes are on France as it takes over the presidency of the Central African Forest Initiative (CAFI). Launched three years ago to protect the Congo Basin forests and support stronger governance of its ecosystems, CAFI is facing...
The fate of the Congo Basin forests must lie with its people
A light breeze of democratisation is blowing through the Congo Basin – and it is being driven by civil society.In the Central African Republic (CAR), civil society is playing a key role in rebuilding a nation torn apart by civil...
Cameroon: MEPs report back from the ground
An ad hoc delegation of the European Parliament’s Development Committee recently visited Cameroon to look at forest management and assess EU involvement. They recommended that the EU continue its support for the stalled Voluntary...
Blog: What can the EU do to curb corruption in the forest sector?
Corruption. It has blighted countries in every continent for generations, and is identified as a main reason why illegal logging continues at a seemingly unstoppable rate. Each year Transparency International produces a Corruption...