Publications & Insight
To benefit people, biodiversity and the climate, EU development programmes must heed local voices
The EU is the world’s largest aid donor and a major political actor with a strong influence over global policies. The EU recognises civil society as an essential actor in policy making and implementation, specifically in the...
Response to the Forest Strategy consultation - A world of strong and healthy forests
Ursula von der Leyen is the first European Union (EU) Commission President to publicly recognise how important forests are to life on our planet. But with the climate crisis and biodiversity collapse looming, time is short to turn...
No forest offsets
This letter was sent to President of the European Commission von der Leyen, Executive Vice-President Timmermans, Commissioner Simson, Commissioner Sinkevičus , Minister Matos Fernandes, MEP Guteland and other Members of the...
Stop EU-Mercosur Coalition Statement
We, the undersigned organisations, call on political leaders on both sides of the Atlantic to stop the EU-Mercosur trade agreement.
The EU-Mercosur agreement belongs to an out-dated 20th Century model of trade that has failed the...
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...
Fern’s submission to the trade policy review
Fern’s submission to the trade policy review highlights the need to eradicate deforestation from its trade flows. If the EU is to achieve its commitment to end deforestation by 2020, fulfill the Sustainable Development Goals...
Direct threat to Indigenous territories of Mato Grosso and Brazil
Cuiabá, June, 22nd 2020
Civil society organisations are concerned about Brazilian State Bill 17/2020, proposed by the governor of Mato Grosso, Mauro Mendes. Contradicting the federal legislation, this Bill authorises the...
Fern stands with the Black Lives Matter movement in the struggle for justice
A joint statement from all of us at Fern
Fern’s vision is a world in which environmental, social and economic justice is fully integrated at all levels. To achieve this, we work with partners to uncover and end the systemic...
Open letter from Romanian, European and international NGOs condemning the killing of Romanian forest defenders as illegal logging continues
Following the killing of Liviu Pop, a Romanian forest ranger who was out investigating illegal logging, European civil society organisations wrote to Romania's President Klaus Iohannis.
We call on Romania’s Presidency and...
Declaration of Civil Society Organisations from Forested Tropical Countries
In September 2019, environmental and human rights defenders from Africa and Asia came to the EU to sound the alarm over accelerating forest loss in the Congo Basin and the Lower Mekong regions. Their message was clear, the EU...