Publications & Insight
Developing EU measures to address forest-risk commodities: What can be learned from EU regulation of other sectors?
The EU is one of the largest drivers of tropical deforestation. Consumption of agricultural commodities has given the EU a huge and largely unacknowledged footprint in the rainforests. To reduce its forest footprint, the EU must...
How to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals? Focus on forests
In September 2015, world governments adopted an Agenda for Sustainable Development with 17 universal Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to be achieved by 2030. The aims are noble and daunting – end all forms of poverty, fight...
Letter to Commissioner Hogan re: commitment to promote meat consumption
Twelve NGOs have written to the Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development to express concerns about his commitment to invest in promoting meat consumption in Europe and European beef in foreign markets.
Financing land grabs and deforestation: The role of EU banks and investors
In recent years, a growing body of evidence has shown how large scale agricultural companies are driving land grabs and deforestation in the tropics. This report is a contribution to the debate on how to tackle these issues. It...
Letter to agriculture ministers for European Council meeting on FLEGT
This letter to agricultural ministers thanks them for their actions to control illegal logging and encourages them to ensure all forest risk commodities’ supply chains consist of only legally and sustainably sourced products, free...
Playing with Fire: Human Misery, Environmental Destruction and Summer BBQs
With temperatures soaring across Europe this summer millions have enjoyed barbecues – and will continue to do so until the last drops of warm weather. Yet few are aware of the true cost of the charcoal they fire them with.
Playing with Fire
Pictures from the report available. Please (c) Mark Olden(Moreton-in-Marsh) 10 August 2015 - With temperatures soaring across Europe this summer millions have enjoyed barbecues – and will continue to do so until the last drops of...
The story of consumption
This film shows how we can turn around years of damaging policies and build an EU where all timber and agricultural products are produced legally, sustainably and in countries that respect communities’ rights to their land.
Protecting Forests, Respecting Rights: Options for EU Action on deforestation and forest degradation
This report examines the EU’s “Deforestation Footprint” – its role in global deforestation. It looks at important action the EU has taken, through the Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Action Plan to improve how...
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...