Publications & Insight
How the European Union should step up action against deforestation - Fern's submission to the EU Consultation on deforestation
In December 2018, the European Commission announced plans to “step up European Action against Deforestation and Forest Degradation”. A new Commission Communication is foreseen in the second quarter of 2019 to “develop a more...
Fern’s offices will be closed on March 15 in solidarity with the school #Strike4Climate movement
Last summer, Greta Thunberg, a 15-year old Swedish girl started a lone strike outside of the Swedish Parliament to protest against lack of action on climate change. She had one simple ask, for the Swedish government to come up...
Community forestry: Opportunity or mirage for women in the Congo Basin?
In the Congo Basin, women play an important role in forest management by either practicing traditional agroforestry or collecting fuelwood and non-timber forest products for food, livestock, and health care or income generation....
Forest Watch 243 - March 2019
Commission moves to suspend Cambodia's preferential access to the EU, while citizens sue the EU for its Renewable Energy policy
Montagne d’Or Mine: France needs to walk the talk on halting deforestation in the tropics
At a time when France vows to champion the fight against imported deforestation and climate change, Montagne d’Or, a massive project in French Guyana has become a pebble in the shoe of the environment minister, raising...
To argue or stay silent on forests? Parliament committees jostle over the 2050 climate strategy
European Parliament committees are undercutting each other in their eagerness to respond to “A clean planet for all” the EU Commission’s communication on the 2050 long-term strategy outlining how all aspects of society can...
Forest revenue transparency: Republic of Congo and the EU must do more
The 2016 report that the Republic of Congo just submitted to the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) raises NGO concerns over the country’s commitment to ensure full transparency of payments made by logging...
Financial institutions must face up to the risks of investing in biomass
The use of biomass for energy production is a ‘blind spot’ for banks and investors, a report recently published by ShareAction reveals. The report shows that Europe’s 15 largest banks all take different approaches to biomass. The...
Commission moves toward suspending Cambodia’s preferential access to the EU
On 11 February 2019, the EU started a process that could lead to the temporary suspension of Cambodia’s preferential access to the EU market under the Everything But Arms (EBA) trade scheme.
Since 2011 under the EBA, Cambodia...
Citizens launch legal bid to stop damage caused by biomass
In a landmark lawsuit filed on March 4 against the European Union (EU), plaintiffs from the USA and five EU Member States - Romania, Ireland, Slovakia, France and Estonia – claim that the EU’s 2018 Renewable Energy Directive (RED...