Publications & Insight
Momentum growing for EU regulation on cocoa and deforestation
Belgium has called for “an ambitious [EU] action plan against deforestation and forest degradation before the end of the current mandate of the European Commission”, as part of a new Belgian initiative on cocoa launched on 5...
Norway will be the first to exclude high deforestation risk biofuels
As it adopted the national budget for 2019, the Norwegian Parliament voted (Resolution 86) to exclude biofuels based on high deforestation risk feedstocks, such as palm oil, as of 1 January 2020 – the first country in the world to...
Civil society letter - AGRIFISH Council meeting discussion on plant proteins in the EU
On December 14, NGOs wrote to all agriculture Ministers regarding the development of plant proteins in the European Union.
Poor governance breaks up families: A loving tribute to Priso
Last Friday (December 7) I arrived in Yaoundé, Cameroon’s capital, to work with Fern’s longstanding partner, the Centre for Environment and Development (CED). The purpose of my visit was to formalise our 2019 plans for how to...
Planting the forest at the root of the EU-Indonesia trade relationship - joint paper
The European Union and Indonesia are currently negotiating a Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA). Both Parties have clear objectives for the trade deal, from increased sales in machinery and transport equipment, to...
Long road to legality
Abandoning the timber trade deal between the EU and Vietnam would derail the fight against illegal logging, says Perrine Fournier
The long road to timber legality: Taking stock of the EU-Vietnam VPA timber trade deal
On 19 October 2018, after eight years of negotiations, the Voluntary Partnership Agreement – a timber trade deal between the European Union (EU) and Vietnam – was signed in Brussels.
Civil society has been rightly concerned...
Belgium joins countries calling on the European Commission to act on deforestation
Belgium today presented an Initiative calling on the European Commission to “develop an ambitious action plan against deforestation and forest degradation before the end of the current mandate of the European Commission (mid...
Trade agreements and transparency: under construction – VPA update, December 2018
Illegal logging and the illicit timber trade thrive when legal frameworks, rights and benefits are unclear and complex to enforce. Transparency is therefore at the heart of Voluntary Partnership Agreements (VPAs) and over the last...