COP26 delegations dream of a trillion trees but on whose land?
As COP26 nears, the UK is promoting Nature-Based Solutions as a get out of jail card. But planting trees without respecting local rights will do more harm than good, says Chiara Vitali.
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Battle of Forest Strategy visions: Industry prevails, nature loses
The European Parliament (EP) has chosen between opposing visions of the EU’s future Forest Strategy. MEP Petri Sarvamaa of the Agriculture Committee (AGRI) proposed an own-initiative report that runs counter to the goals of the...
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The European Parliament votes to protect ambition of the Climate Law
In a plenary vote on 8 October 2020, the European Parliament (EP) protected the European Union’s climate ambition by approving Jytte Guteland’s report on the EU Climate Law. The report endorses a 60 per cent emission reductions...
EU Climate Law report remains dangerously vague on the role of ‘negative emissions’
Positive elements in the new Draft report must not be thwarted by over-reliance on ‘negative emissions’.
Germany’s Corona EU Presidency – what impact on the world’s forests?
Germany has a chance to raise climate ambition and shape three important relationships.
What the EU Biodiversity Strategy and Climate Law mean for European forests
The draft Biodiversity Strategy includes positive elements that campaigners hope will not vanish by the final vote.
France’s forest strategy: fighting to end the climate crisis or to increase logging?
A new report challenges France’s strategy to fight climate change with forests and reveals the actions they should take instead.
European Green Deal offers hope for the future of forests
On December 11, the European Commission, now headed by former German defence minister Ursula von der Leyen, published its long awaited proposal for a European Green Deal.
It contains two standalone forest initiatives as well as...
UN Climate Action Summit: Every silver lining has a raincloud
The Climate Action Summit had a host of upsides. Most came with a downside.