Publications & Insight
Pitfalls and potentials: the role of bioenergy in the EU climate and energy policy post 2020
This position paper from Fern and 10 other NGOs argues that the EU should limit bioenergy use in achieving the 2030 renewable energy target, and should introduce safeguards to avoid negative impacts on the environment, people and...
News in brief - April 2015
FERN works to achieve environmental and social justice with a focus on forests and forest peoples' rights in the policies and practices of the European Union.
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Conference: Protecting forests, respecting rights
On 30 March 2015, Fern hosted a conference looking at how to develop an EU Action Plan on Deforestation. This is important as the EU's consumption of agricultural commodities and timber has resulted in the destruction of at least...
European Parliament conference calls for EU Action on Deforestation and Forest Degradation
On 30 March 2015, Fern and Yannick Jadot and Catherine Bearder, MEPs from major European political parties co-hosted a conference “Protecting Forests, Respecting Rights: Policy Options for EU Action on Deforestation.”
Event - Protecting Forests, Respecting Rights
On 30 March 2015, FERN and MEPs Catherine Bearder, Linda McAvan and Yannick Jadot will host “Protecting forests, respecting rights,” a conference examining how to deal with the EU’s deforestation footprint. From 1990 to 2008...
US NGOs raise the alarm about flawed EU renewable energy policy
The EU renewable energy policy is driving deforestation and forest degradation in the US, according to several US NGOs who visited European capitals in early February. Wood pellet exports dramatically rose, particularly in the...
Consuming less, Consuming better
EU consumers make a hefty contribution to (often illegal) global deforestation; of this, the food sector accounts for 60 per cent of the deforestation embodied in EU consumption. If the EU is to reach its commitment to end...
How can we stop European consumption destroying forests?
Educate shoppers better about where agricultural commodities come from, and penalise 'bad' products
Fighting Fossil Fuels First Making EU climate policy work for people and forests
This study refocuses attention on the need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions domestically, without offloading responsibilities onto other countries through offsets. It explores why forests cannot offset fossil fuel emissions; and...