Publications & Insight
The EU LULUCF Regulation: Help or hindrance to sustainable forest biomass use?
The European Commission has stated that, “climate action is at the heart of the recently introduced European Green Deal”, including “ambitiously cutting greenhouse gas emissions” and reaching zero emissions by 2050. As part of the...
The EU's watershed deforestation moment?
This week Ursula von der Leyen signalled the EU’s desire to lead the world in the fight against global deforestation. But if the key drivers of deforestation aren’t addressed, progress will remain limited.
What is community forestry?
We use the term ‘community forestry’ as when “communities have the right to manage the forest resources upon which they depend, with a view to improving their living conditions.” This definition was agreed when Fern's...
In 2021 the EU’s policy choices will shape the fate of the world’s forests
Last year changed everything, and nothing.
Almost overnight our lives were upended: businesses and economies ground to a halt, movement was constrained, and physical contact with others curbed. Yet our greatest challenge – the...
Beyond commitments: How can Nationally Determined Contributions contribute to forest governance and resilient local communities?
In 2018, Fern and our partners revealed that many African states’ Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) pledges were not considering the need to improve forest governance. As countries are now preparing and communicating new...
The conservation model needs to change – Fern’s response to WWF’s review of human rights abuses
Efforts to protect and restore forests must recognise community rights to land.
In early 2019, the environmental movement was rocked by reports that WWF financed and provided technical support to conservation projects that had...
Estonian forest politics in 2020: conflict intensifies
Almost a year ago, avid readers of Fern’s guest blogs learned that Estonian environmental NGOs were under pressure for challenging those spearheading the destruction of some of our country’s most precious habitats.
Forest Watch 261 - December 2020
Consumers ask Commission for binding rules to stop forest destruction
Blogs, Forest watch
Dual climate and biodiversity crises threaten people and the planet, but we have the tools to solve them!
The unfolding COVID crisis has laid bare our social, disaster-preparedness, economic and governance vulnerabilities. But 2020 is a plentiful year for crises: in addition to the pandemic, our consumption and unsustainable economic...
News, Events, Forest watch
Webinar Roundup: Another chance to attend online conferences
Livelihoods, Biodiversity and Climate Resilience in Africa: Unleashing the potential of Community-based forest and wildlife management for building back better. The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) collaborated with...