Publications & Insight
NGO recommendations for a sustainable EU bioeconomy
In 2012, the EU released the Communication, “Innovating for Sustainable Growth: A Bioeconomy for Europe”, which is now in the process of being updated.
In recent years, there has been increasing interest in using biomass as a...
Civil society letter on the EU Protein Plan
On May 29, European NGOs, including Fern, sent an open letter to the EU Commission for Agriculture Phil Hogan to make recommendations on the EU's upcoming protein plan. They include: Reducing EU production and consumption of...
Overarching principles for rights-based forest restoration
To avoid catastrophic climate change all sectors of the economy need to radically and rapidly reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In addition, we need to sequester more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere than we are putting in.The...
Civil society letter on the EU/Mercosur Free Trade Deal negotiations
On April 25, European and international NGOs send an open letter to the European Commission calling for the EU to put human rights and sustainability at the forefront of the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with Mercosur.
Statement from civil society representatives on the EU’s Role in Protecting Forests and Rights
Civil society leaders helping to halt the trade in illegal timber and illegal deforestation came to Europe in March 2018 to meet with representatives from the European Commission, the European External Action Service, the European...
Civil society open letter: a call for policy action on animal farming
In this open letter to the Presidents of the three main institutions of the European Union, civil society organisations, including Fern, call for more European policy action on animal farming. They ask the European Union to step...
NGO Letter: Stop the Svydovets ski resort in Ukraine
A letter from 21 NGOs asking the President of Ukraine to stop the huge ski resort project planned in the “Svydovets” massif in the Carpathian Mountains in Ukraine. The area is described as one of the most beautiful and least...
Civil society statement: EU Protein Plan for Europe - Please stand up for forests, people and animals!
On March 8, NGOs sent a letter to Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) in the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development calling them on standing up for forests, people and animals when voting on the EU Protein Plan for...
NGO Statement calling on the Commission to propose an EU Action Plan
On February 7, NGOs sent an open letter to the EU Commission calling it on to commit to developing a formal action plan, including legislative measures, as soon as possible within the course of the coming months.Failure to act...
EU proposals on bioenergy: a serious threat to climate and sustainable development goals
This letter written on behalf of 30 NGOs asks Members of the European Parliament to support crucial changes to the proposed rules on bioenergy in the European Union’s Renewable Energy Directive.