Publications & Insight
EU-Mercosur Trade Agreement: No ‘additional declaration’ can fix it
European institutions must stop trying to fix the trade deal by increments, while Brazil’s government takes a scorched-earth approach to human rights and environmental protections.
Why is it important to fight illegal logging? - FAQ
What are the causes of illegal logging?
Illegal logging occurs when timber is harvested, transported, processed, bought or sold in violation of national or international laws.
It is driven by demand for timber, paper and...
188 groups say it’s time to ‘make the throw-away go away’
Before the 1950s and 60s, the majority of the products we produced and consumed were built to last. Milk bottles made of glass were returned and sterilized for re-use, restaurants offered ceramic plates and stainless-steel cutlery...
COVID, forests and forest peoples: The implications of the pandemic for forest campaigns.
This is a paper exploring COVID-19’s impact on the work of those trying to protect forests and forest peoples.
The paper investigates the links between forests and various aspects of pandemic recovery—from the prevention of...
Republic of the Congo: Forest code and climate plans are both a cause for hope
Under discussion since 2011, the new Forest Code aims to strengthen forest management and the forest timber sector, whilst improving governance and transparency, fighting deforestation, and advancing local communities’ rights in...
Democratic Republic of the Congo: Indigenous rights law inches forward and CSOs weigh in ahead of COP26
A proposed law to protect the rights of the Indigenous Pygmy Peoples, intended to redress the discrimination they have faced when protecting their culture and to strengthen their contribution to sustainable management of forests,...
Climate Ambition Summit: How ambitious was it for forests?
In December 2020, world leaders gathered at the Climate Ambition Summit, deemed a significant moment on the road to COP26, to discuss their ambitions for tackling the climate crisis in the coming years. Forests did not take centre...
One Planet: EU heads of state commit to nature protection targets and deforestation regulation
EU heads of state made new commitments to protect the world’s forests at the One Planet Summit, hosted by French President Emmanuel Macron, 11 January 2021.
More than 50 countries joined a pledge to protect 30 per cent of the...
On the Road to COP26: The disturbing return of offsetting
With the colliding crises of habitat loss and global heating firmly on the agenda of the EU and UN, 2021 is going to be a huge year for forests. The postponed biodiversity and climate conferences of parties (COPs) are set to take...
A ‘Just Transition’ for European Forestry is needed
The Ministerial Conference on the Protection of Forests in Europe (Forest Europe), a high-level intergovernmental process involving 46 European countries and the EU, issues a report on the State of European Forests every five...