Publications & Insight
Imagine a world without forests…
In 2017 we lost more tropical trees than in almost any year on record caused in part by EU investment in and imports of timber, palm oil, soy, beef, paper, cocoa and other commodities.
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...
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...
Ghana and FLEGT licences: Only technical steps remain
Ghana is poised to become the first African country and the second country in the world to issue FLEGT (Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade) licences. Officials from the EU and Ghana’s Ministry of Land and Natural...
Congo Basin meeting in Brussels: time for stronger action
A more ambitious plan is needed to protect forests and meet people’s aspirations in the second-largest rainforest in the world. Governments, civil society and the private sector convened in Brussels, 27 - 28 November 2018, for the...
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...
Long road to legality
Abandoning the timber trade deal between the EU and Vietnam would derail the fight against illegal logging, says Perrine Fournier
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...
Hardening international soft law frameworks into EU measures to address forest-risk commodities
This report provides European policymakers with recommendations for supply-side and demand-side policy measures in order to fulfill the EU’s pledge to tackle global deforestation and forest degradation.