Publications & Insight
A year on from FLEGT licensing - VPA Update, November 2017
LoggingOff and Fern publish occasional Forest Watch updates detailing events in countries negotiating a Voluntary Partnership Agreement from a civil society perspective. In the November 2017 edition, the main article focuses on...
Blog: Trading in incoherence? EU trade policy needs improving to give forests, communities and the climate a fair chance
When it comes to global trade, it is difficult to overestimate the EU’s importance. It is the world’s second largest importer (after the US), and the second largest exporter (after China), and has an overall share of world trade...
Making Voluntary Partnership Agreements (VPAs) work for forests, people and the climate: Civil society recommendations on the future of VPAs
As decision makers in the European Union (EU) and timber producing countries consider the future of the FLEGT Action Plan, and its Voluntary Partnership Agreements (VPA), civil society organisations and platforms from Cameroon,...
EU consumption of Palm Oil and deforestation
Palm oil is the world’s most commonly used vegetable oil. After beef and soya, palm oil is the third largest agricultural cause of deforestation. Global production has more than doubled since 1990, reaching 64.5 million tonnes in...
A new beginning in the fight against illegal timber
The first batch of timber considered legal under Europe’s most innovative ever anti-illegal logging policy arrived in the UK this month.
The timber’s seven week voyage across around 20,000 kilometres of ocean - from the heat and...
Indonesia on course to issue world’s first FLEGT licences
Indonesia appears set to issue the world’s first FLEGT licences, although important challenges remain.
On 21 April, the country’s President, Joko Widodo, the European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and European Council...
Indonesian activists urge EU to respect rights in palm oil trade
Two Indonesian community leaders have given alarming testimonies to Members of the European Parliament and European Commission officials about the devastating social impacts and environmental destruction caused as a result of palm...
Court rules in favour of transparency in Indonesia
An Indonesian court has upheld public access to information, vital to public participation and the implementation of, inter alia, the Indonesia-EU Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA), concluded in 2009, ratified by Presidential...
Sarawak Chief Minister’s fine words on forest corruption must lead to action
Sarawak state government actions do not match recent statements made by Adenan Satem, Taib Mahmud’s successor as Chief Minister of Sarawak since March 2014. In May 2015, Satem reiterated his commitment (FW199) to take on...