Publications & Insight
Local Civil Society Organisations join EU battle against illegal logging
This briefing note looking at what has been achieved so far by FLEGT Voluntary Partnership Agreements (VPAs) finds that the EU has played a central role in ensuring various civil society groups are involved in the VPA negotiating...
Banking on carbon markets: Why the European Investment Bank got it wrong in the fight against climate change
This briefing provides an overview of the publicly documented involvement of the European Investment Bank (EIB) in support of failing carbon markets. It is based on a report by the organisations Counter Balance and Campagna per la...
Why carbon markets will not deliver for Southern governments, forests and people
Many governments believe that carbon trading will provide substantial funding to protect or sustainably manage forests in their countries via proposed schemes to Reduce Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD). This...
Is REDD-readiness taking us in the right direction?
This set of case studies from 2011 looking at how the REDD+ process has been experienced on the ground is a follow up to the June 2010 Accra Caucus on Forests and Climate Change report looking at countries preparing for...
Central America’s first VPA? Perspectives on FLEGT in Honduras
In early April 2011, and following some initial contacts between Honduras and the European Union (EU) in mid-2010, a series of meetings and workshops were held in Honduras with the objective to explore the potential negotiation of...
A civil society counter-brief on the Ghana-EU VPA
On 3 September 2008, Ghana and the European Union (EU) initialled a Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA). The VPA is a trade agreement between Ghana and EU that seeks to regulate the trade in timber between the two. It also aims...
Export Credit Agencies and Climate Change: a briefing for Cancun
After the collapse of UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) talks in Copenhagen in December 2009, the future financial architecture for funding climate change mitigation and adaptation continues to be fiercely...
Driving to destruction
This study analyses the likely impacts on land use and greenhouse gas emissions of biofuel use by 2020, as projected in recently published National Renewable Energy Action Plans in 23 EU member states. The analysis includes...
Process to ratify timber trade agreements
A short briefing note on the processes that leads to operational VPA agreements.
The VPA process is undertaken by the EU on behalf of all its Member States. Although both parties (the EU and the timber producer country) enter...
A civil society counter-brief on the Congo-EU VPA
On 9 May 2009 the government of the Republic of Congo and the European Union (EU) concluded a Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) that aims to solve the country’s problem of illegal logging and associated poor forest governance....