Publications & Insight
A new beginning in the fight against illegal timber
The first batch of timber considered legal under Europe’s most innovative ever anti-illegal logging policy arrived in the UK this month.
The timber’s seven week voyage across around 20,000 kilometres of ocean - from the heat and...
Fines used to enforce the EU Timber Regulation’s documentation requirement
Two Member State authorities have issued fines upholding the EU Timber Regulation requirement for proper documentation indicating that the timber put on the EU market is legally sourced.In November 2016 the Netherlands, for the...
Fern cautiously welcomes the EU and Vietnam Voluntary Partnership Agreement
On 18 November, a significant milestone was reached in the fight to protect Vietnam’s forests.The EU and Vietnam agreed ‘in principle’ on a Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) , establishing a legal framework promoting legal...
Where are forests in Europe’s plans to make the Sustainable Development Goals a reality?
In September 2015, after the largest consultation in the history of the United Nations, more than 150 world leaders agreed on a new agenda to “free the human race from the tyranny of poverty”.
The Sustainable Developments Goals (...
Video Blog: Why forests are at risk in Liberia and how to plant the seeds of change
Illegal logging is reducing globally, but deforestation continues as land is cleared for commercial agriculture. In Liberia, oil palm concessions were welcomed by the Government as a means to create jobs and infrastructure after...
Academics document FLEGT VPA successes
The EU Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) process has been remarkably effective in improving governance and combatting illegal logging in Indonesia and Ghana. This is the conclusion of an academic paper that...
Scoping Study on EU-China Relationships in the Forestry Sector
China’s rapid economic growth has spurred a massive demand for natural resources – including timber, agricultural commodities and minerals – the vast bulk of which are imported. Although it is estimated that the proportion of...
FLEGT review should revitalise the fight against illegal logging
The independent review of the EU’s flagship forest policy – the Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Action Plan – was released by the European Commission on 4 May, with Fern highlighting the positive impact it has...
Europe's trail-blazing tropical forest policy is working
In Ghana, Liberia and Central African Republic, benefits are starting to flow to forest communities for the first time