The long road to timber legality: Taking stock of the EU-Vietnam VPA timber trade deal
On 19 October 2018, after eight years of negotiations, the Voluntary Partnership Agreement – a timber trade deal between the European Union (EU) and Vietnam – was signed in Brussels.
Civil society has been rightly concerned...
EU consumption of rubber and deforestation
Natural rubber plantations emerged as a significant source of deforestation, land grabs and human rights abuses in the first decade of the 21st century.
Three quarters of the world’s natural rubber production goes to...
Missing Pathways to 1.5°C : Executive summary
This summary of the CLARA report looks at how the land sector can help ambitious climate action. It provides an alternate response to the question of how we can meet the Climate Paris Agreement’s goal of keeping warming to 1.5°C. ...
Speaking truth to power: The village women taking on the palm oil giant
The Société Financière des Caoutchouc (Socfin) group is among the world’s biggest independent plantation owners, managing 187,000 hectares of mostly oil palm and rubber plantations in Asia and Africa, where it has been operating...
The EU-Japan Free Trade Deal: a threat to the fight against illegal timber?
The Japan-EU Free Trade Agreement is likely to boost incentives for illegal or unsustainable practices in many countries where Japan sources its timber and wood products. It could also sabotage the EU’s own fight against illegal...
The EU Forest Manifesto
A call for political groups, candidates for the European elections
and EU leaders to support forests and forest peoples in their
From CETA to JEEPA - THE VARIATIONS IN THE "TRADE & SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT" provisions in EU Free Trade Agreements
Since the debates around the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations and the ratification of the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade (CETA) Agreement, it has become clear that a new approach is...
Protect and restore: How forests can help the European Union tackle climate change
The struggle against climate change must also be a battle to protect and restore land and forests.
Fern’s new briefing Protect and Restore sets out a clear path to help the EU achieve this, by increasing the amount of carbon...
Learning lessons from FLEGT-VPA to promote governance reform in Ghana’s cocoa sector
Cocoa is crucial to Ghana’s economy, but is also a significant driver of deforestation. The Ghana National REDD+ Strategy identifies agricultural expansion to be responsible for at least 50 per cent of deforestation, with cocoa a...
Making soft laws enforceable: How the EU can use human rights guidelines to fight agricultural deforestation
The purpose of this discussion paper, which draws on a detailed Fern report as well as an analysis we will soon be publishing, is to show the contours of a way forward. We intend it to start the conversation about how regulatory...