Publications & Insight
Isaac Tchikaya is not longer with us but has sowed hope for Congos forests
Fern is deeply shocked and saddened to hear of the death of our dear friend and colleague Isaac Tchikaya, focal point for the CSO platform for sustainable management of forests (PGDF) in the Kouilou region, in the Republic of...
VPAs and NDCs: Sharing the Toolbox? – How lessons learned from EU FLEGT can be put to work for the Paris Agreement
As the Paris Agreement is ratified by each of its signatory states, they commit to put into action their specific national plans to combat climate change. These plans are called Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC). Fern...
Republic of Congo: Support message for NGO Rencontre pour la Paix et les Droits de l’Homme
Fern is deeply concerned with the looting of Rencontre pour la Paix et les Droits de l’Homme (RPDH) offices in Pointe-Noire, Republic of Congo, on 9 March, 2018. RPDH has been working on human rights issues and natural resource...
Will France deliver on CAFI?
All eyes are on France as it takes over the presidency of the Central African Forest Initiative (CAFI). Launched three years ago to protect the Congo Basin forests and support stronger governance of its ecosystems, CAFI is facing...
Republic of Congo’s controversial road
The Observatoire Congolais des Droits de l'Homme (OCDH), one of Fern’s local partners in the Republic of Congo, has published a briefing note on the deaths of at least 100 indigenous children living in the Mbanza village inside a...
CoNGOs project : Discussion of a new paradigm for community forestry
The CoNGOs project partners discuss a new paradigm for community forestry at the meeting of the CBFP parties in Douala.
At the 17th annual Meeting of Parties of the Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP) in Douala, Cameroon, Fern...
Implementation of community forestry in the Republic of Congo
In the Republic of Congo, the forestry sector is the second-largest contributor to the national economy after oil, and the principal employer after the government sector. Approximately 640,000 people living in forest zones are...
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...
The fate of the Congo Basin forests must lie with its people
A light breeze of democratisation is blowing through the Congo Basin – and it is being driven by civil society.In the Central African Republic (CAR), civil society is playing a key role in rebuilding a nation torn apart by civil...
Independent Forest Monitoring: a chance for improved governance in VPA countries?
The forest sector is particularly vulnerable to poor governance including corruption, fraud, and organised crime. Illegality in the sector generates vast sums of money and has helped fuel long and bloody conflicts. Even in...