Publications & Insight
EU Environment Ministers seek unearned credit for emission reductions
A letter written by Environment Ministers from 10 Member States could undermine the effectiveness of the Effort Sharing Decision (ESD), the EU’s most important instrument to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The letter to...
The movement to reform the Common Agricultural Policy gathers steam
A group of five MEPs from the Socialist and Democrat group from Belgium, France, Italy and Hungary have asked for a reconsideration of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). This builds on the March 2016 call by more than one...
Showdown among palm oil giants
Leading corporate buyers of palm oil have stopped doing business with the Malaysian company IOI Group, the world’s fourth biggest palm oil trader with 11 per cent of the global market. The reason for the change? IOI was suspended...
Japan’s weak rules undermine global efforts to tackle illegal logging
At Ise-Shima, Japan, 26 - 27 May 2016, G7 leaders reaffirmed their determination to achieve global sustainable forest management and eliminate illegal logging as part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
In 2005, G8...
DRC receives millions for forests despite governance concerns
The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the Central African Forest Initiative (CAFI) have signed a letter of intent (LOI) awarding DRC US$200 million to preserve its forests and promote sustainable development.DRC is the first...
Cameroon’s emissions reduction proposals: Problems remain
When Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) members, including the EU, gather in Paris, 20 - 22 June 2016, to discuss various countries’ emission reduction proposals to the Carbon Fund, they will see that Cameroon’s newly...
News in brief - June 206
China’s rapid economic growth has spurred a massive demand for natural resources, including timber, agricultural commodities and minerals. The vast bulk of these are imported from countries in the Mekong region and West and...
Up In Flames: How biomass burning wrecks Europe’s forests
This new report by Fred Pearce for Fern shows that Europe’s forests are being invaded in the name of green energy. The report focuses on a number of forests in Europe and the US, that are under threat by this push for bioenergy,...
Japan’s new law fails to meet G7 commitment to halt the trade in illegal timber
This joint letter on behalf of 15 organisations highlights serious weaknesses in Japan’s new law intended to stop the trade in illegal timber. It outlines the measures that the Japanese government should take to ensure their...