Publications & Insight
Annual Report 2015
Last year was Fern’s twentieth anniversary, and a natural moment for us to reflect on how far we’ve come. Our previous annual report, covering March 2014 to April 2015, chronicled our achievements over the past two decades. From now on our annual reports will follow the calendar year, so this one includes some of the same period as the last. Yet there’s no need to look back over old successes again; the challenges before us are too great.
Letter to agriculture ministers for European Council meeting on FLEGT
This letter to agricultural ministers thanks them for their actions to control illegal logging and encourages them to ensure all forest risk commodities’ supply chains consist of only legally and sustainably sourced products, free...
Climate Negotiations: Immediate action overlooked as discord revealed
The first session of climate negotiations since the adoption of the Paris Agreement has failed to prioritise immediate action to reduce emissions.
Developing countries, who are already feeling the negative impacts of a warming...
Commission inundated with requests to stop burning trees
The European Commission consultation process for a new sustainable bioenergy policy received 950 responses as well as 57,000 emails from concerned individuals asking the EU to stop burning trees for energy. Most of these were from...
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...