Publications & Insight
EU reneges on emissions reduction target by including LULUCF
Often an issue left to technical experts, Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry (LULUCF) made headlines in Brussels at the Environment Council in March when Member States disagreed how it should be included in the EU’s Intended...
Vietnamese ban on natural forest logging may affect region
Two recent pieces of legislation in Vietnam indicate an apparent intention to clamp down on logging of natural forests in Vietnam and its neighbours, Cambodia and Laos. The government decisions seem also to respond to requirements...
Fern celebrates 20 years of campaigning to respect rights and protect forests
In 1995, a meeting of nongovernmental organisations (NGOs) working on forest issues agreed there was a need for a new NGO that would hold the EU accountable to its promises with a focus on forests and peoples. Saskia Ozinga, a...
CAR’s reconciliation forum takes critical steps on governance
In the Central African Republic (CAR), hundreds of representatives from armed groups, political parties, civil society and the religious communities met at the Bangui Forum from 4 - 12 May 2015. The Forum, which received support...
MEPs condemn land grabs
On 12 March 2015, the European Parliament strongly condemned Tanzania’s government for land grabbing, evictions and violence against its Maasai people. This follows on from the November 2014 tweet sent by Tanzania’s President...
Taking stock: Tracking trends in European Aid for forests and communities
Forests and forest-dependent communities are under increasing pressure due to infrastructure projects and the demand for agricultural commodities. Although there is growing recognition of the importance of forests in mitigating...
The EU’s 'stolen goods'
Recently, we have seen the emergence of a grave new threat: Tropical forests are now being destroyed not so much for their timber, but to make way for commercial agriculture — driven by the insatiable demand of the “global north” for products such as palm oil, beef and soy. The consequences, both for the fight against climate change and for forest-dependent communities, are catastrophic.
Stolen Goods: The EU’s complicity in illegal tropical deforestation
Previous studies commissioned by the EU have shown that the EU has been leading the world in imports of ‘embodied deforestation’ in the form of agricultural and timber products. This study goes a step further, by showing that the...
EU a Global Leader in Consumption of Goods from Illegally Deforested Land Valued at EUR 6 Billion Annually
Released at the same time as Fern's new report Stolen Goods, this press release reveals that almost a quarter of the world trade in agricultural goods produced on land illegally cleared of forest is destined for the EU; the...