Publications & Insight
What do you mean, ‘modernise’ the Birds and Habitats Directives, Mr Timmermans?
The European Commission is currently conducting a review of the Birds and Habitats Directives (FW 204). As much a political as a technical process, the European Commission’s actions and words are under intense scrutiny by...
Lifting of ban on Brazilian beef linked to deforestation commitment
On 30 June 2015 the US announced that it had ended its 15-year ban on importing Brazilian beef: a decision that prompted glee among Brazilian exporters, who said they hoped to capture 10 per cent of the lucrative US market in the...
‘Green’ subsidies for bioenergy could increase carbon emissions
In shaping its renewable energy policy, the EU had considered wood to be a renewable energy source. However, science increasingly shows that burning wood may increase carbon emissions and that re-growth of trees does not...
Court rules in favour of transparency in Indonesia
An Indonesian court has upheld public access to information, vital to public participation and the implementation of, inter alia, the Indonesia-EU Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA), concluded in 2009, ratified by Presidential...
News in brief - July
Deadly stakes: Too often we report the same story: someone killed for defending the peace and integrity of his home. In late June, Erasio Vieda Ponce became the fifth murder victim from his small Honduran community, besieged by...
The story of consumption
This film shows how we can turn around years of damaging policies and build an EU where all timber and agricultural products are produced legally, sustainably and in countries that respect communities’ rights to their land.
Impacts on the EU 2030 climate target of including LULUCF in the climate and energy policy framework
The European Union (EU) has a target to reduce emissions by at least 40 per cent by 2030. This is an economy-wide target and therefore includes the Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry (LULUCF) sector. This study looks at how to...
New research shows risk of including land use and forests in EU’s emissions target
Two days before the European Union closes its consultation on the role that land use, land use change and forestry (LULUCF) should play in EU climate effort, new research reveals that including this sector in emissions reductions...