Publications & Insight
News in brief March 2017
A new Fern picture story zooms into the reality of what ‘community benefits’ truly mean on the ground. For nearly two years Cameroonian Civil Society Organisations have been campaigning for better community social benefits from...
Climate and the Sámi people threatened as Finland attempts to hide its forest emissions
Finland’s industrial logging is already threatening the climate and its indigenous Sámi people, and yet last year the Finnish government confirmed its intention to increase harvesting the country’s forests by nearly 25 per cent ...
Arctic Limits: How Finland’s forest policies threaten the Sámi and the climate
Finland is a test case in the fight against climate change. As the world edges closer to breaching the Paris Agreement goal of keeping global temperature rises below 2 degrees, forests have become increasingly important in...
The Long Wait: Cameroon’s forest communities seek their dues
Almost half of Cameroon is covered by forest, and the sector plays a critical role in the country’s economy.
Yet Cameroon’s forest communities continue to suffer from the exploitation of their forests – while the financial...
Guest blog: Why the failed Unilever takeover matters for forests
Whether one global mega-corporation succeeds in buying another global mega-corporation is not normally a subject of much interest to environmentalists.
Kraft Heinz’s rapidly abandoned US $143 billion tilt at Unilever is...
Time to decide: Civil society points to advances delivered by Cameroon VPA, and its potential
As a decision regarding the future of Cameroon’s Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) approaches, parties are assessing the VPA’s effectiveness and achievements and exploring all possible options. Cameroon’s VPA - signed in 2010...
Hailing some positive changes in the Republic of Congo
Despite continued illegal logging and conversion of forests, a recent decision by Republic of Congo (RoC) Minister of Mines offers a glimpse of hope that positive change is possible for forests in that country.
In December 2016,...
Climate change linked to animal products: Germany proposes action, the EU thwarts its own goals
Germany’s Federal Environment Agency (UBA) is calling for higher taxes on animal products, given that meat and dairy production make a hefty contribution to climate change. Indeed, livestock production generates roughly 14.5 per...