Publications & Insight
Who takes the credit? REDD+ in a post-2020 UN climate agreement
This briefing note addresses the risks that could arise if Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+) were to be included in an international climate agreement. Specifically, it looks at ‘double-counting’,...
Could the Central African Republic's forests be a way forward?
Conflict in the CAR is allowing illegal deforestation to rise, but turning that around could help bring lasting peace
News in brief - May 2015
Seeing the forests through the trees, a new report from Fern analysing the ‘transparency annexes’ of Voluntary Partnership Agreements (VPA) in five African countries, shows that VPA implementation is helping increase disclosure of...
The Dutch show the way: Debate on biomass becomes a burning matter
On 28 April 2015, the European Parliament voted to cap the use of, and subsidies for ‘land-based’ biofuels to meet the 2020 renewable energy target. Although sustainability concerns associated with biofuels remain, this deal...
Pitfalls and potentials: the role of bioenergy in the EU climate and energy policy post 2020
This position paper from Fern and 10 other NGOs argues that the EU should limit bioenergy use in achieving the 2030 renewable energy target, and should introduce safeguards to avoid negative impacts on the environment, people and...
News in brief - April 2015
FERN works to achieve environmental and social justice with a focus on forests and forest peoples' rights in the policies and practices of the European Union.
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Conference: Protecting forests, respecting rights
On 30 March 2015, Fern hosted a conference looking at how to develop an EU Action Plan on Deforestation. This is important as the EU's consumption of agricultural commodities and timber has resulted in the destruction of at least...
European Parliament conference calls for EU Action on Deforestation and Forest Degradation
On 30 March 2015, Fern and Yannick Jadot and Catherine Bearder, MEPs from major European political parties co-hosted a conference “Protecting Forests, Respecting Rights: Policy Options for EU Action on Deforestation.”