Publications & Insight
Healthy forests = equitable livelihoods, inclusive development and a resilient climate
This briefing endorsed by Client Earth, the Environmental Investigation Agency, Fern, Forest Peoples Programme, and Transparency International details what the EU can do to ensure that healthy forests contribute to local...
Deepening and expanding multi-stakeholder participation in VPAs to achieve greater impact
VPA update, June 2019
One of the unique features of Voluntary Partnership Agreements (VPAs) – which form a key part of the EU’s Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Action Plan – is that they allow a variety of actors (government, private sector, civil society and forest communities) to discuss how forests should be managed.
Forest loss affects women and children disproportionally
Forest loss is a global problem for all due to loss of livelihoods and a changing climate. However, it affects women and children disproportionally.
Stronger democracy means stronger forests
Corruption and illegal deforestation go hand in hand. The best way to tackle them is through bolstering community land rights and democracy.
In memory of our partner Patrice Passe Sanand
Fern is deeply saddened by the passing of Patrice Passe Sanand, former coordinator of the platform for Sustainable Management of Natural Resources and the Environment (GDRNE), which took place on Saturday 16 March 2019 in Bangui,...
Community forestry: Opportunity or mirage for women in the Congo Basin?
In the Congo Basin, women play an important role in forest management by either practicing traditional agroforestry or collecting fuelwood and non-timber forest products for food, livestock, and health care or income generation....
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...
Trade agreements and transparency: under construction – VPA update, December 2018
Illegal logging and the illicit timber trade thrive when legal frameworks, rights and benefits are unclear and complex to enforce. Transparency is therefore at the heart of Voluntary Partnership Agreements (VPAs) and over the last...
Rooting for change - VPA Update, June 2018
One year ago, forests and their crucial ecological and economic role were again at the forefront of the EU’s policy agenda. In June 2017, at the EU conference on illegal logging and deforestation, EU Commissioner for International...
How community forestry can contribute to development and stability
Community forestry is our best chance to ensure forests remain standing and communities get the livelihoods and benefits they deserve. Fern's partners in Central African Republic and Republic of Congo explain why people who depend...