Publications & Insight
EU forests and land could help increase carbon-cutting ambition at home
A report released today shows how the EU can include forests into its carbon cutting targets in a climate friendly way. The report by IEEP, commissioned by Fern, shows that the EU can include LULUCF in its climate and energy target in a way that incentivises action in LULUCF without reducing ambition in other sectors.
The story of Fern
2015 is Fern’s 20th year of campaigning and to mark the occasion we have released a short film in which we give our staff, board and partners the opportunity to tell the story of Fern. We hope you enjoy watching it and continue to...
Court of Auditors on FLEGT: missing the bigger picture
The long-delayed European Court of Auditors (ECA) report on the FLEGT Action Plan omitted key information but contained some welcome recommendations. Released on 22 October 2015, the ECA report described FLEGT as “innovative” but...
COP21: draft text agreed, but contentious issues remain
From 19 to 23 October, countries met in Bonn for the last negotiations before next month’s climate summit in Paris, where a new global agreement to address climate change is expected. The week got off to a rocky start: the G-77...
End subsidies for forest biomass
Burning forest biomass undermines the EU’s objectives toward climate change mitigation, nature protection and a circular economy and has a devastating, irreversible impact on forests, according to a Fern briefing note calling on...
Cameroonian activist sentenced: intimidation resonates beyond borders
On 3 November 2015 Cameroonian activist Nasako Besingi – environmental campaigner, human rights defender and director of the TAIGO prize-winning NGOStruggle to Economise our Future Environment (SEFE) – was imprisoned for...
Film: how FLEGT-VPA is being used to give CAR’s forest communities a voice
As the Central African Republic (CAR) was recovering from a severe civil conflict, the government launched a nationwide consultation on the future constitution – the first in the country’s history. The untold story of forest...
Liberia’s Land Rights Act: toward community forestry?
Liberian and international NGOs took part in a conference with Liberian government officials in Monrovia in October at a crucial juncture for the country’s forests, with the country’s parliament considering a Land Rights Act that...
Anti-money laundering rules of limited use in tackling illegal logging
Illegally-logged wood accounts for up to 30 per cent of international trade in timber. Revenues from timber crime likely run into billions of euros each year. Against this background, Fern carried out major research to find out if...