Publications & Insight
Forest Governance 5 - June 2022
Fern’s partners in Ghana, Liberia, the Congo Basin and Brazil share their opposing views on the effect the EU Regulation on deforestation-free products
End the Cage Age
This letter was sent to Executive Vice-President Timmermans, Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis, Vice-President Jourová, Commissioner Kyriakides, and Commissioner Wojciechowski.
Ending the use of cages in animal farming
Raising the bar: Strengthening EU biodiversity and climate leadership through FLEGT and Forest Partnerships
This statement summarises the views of civil society organisations (CSOs) from Asia and the Pacific, the Americas, Europe, and West and Central Africa. These organisations help address the key challenges threatening forests around...
Liberia’s FLEGT process: EU to take away the “one glimmer of hope”?
The EU seems to be considering rewarding Liberia’s administrative foot-dragging by abandoning FLEGT – communities and CSOs fear the pillage of Liberia’s remaining forests.
Ghana’s VPA process: The rising tide that lifts all ships
That parts of the European Commission seem to be losing interest in the flagship governance programme, even as Ghana’s hope to issue licences is renewed, has sent a shockwave
The European Green Deal promises an EU of bigger and better forests: The Taxonomy Regulation makes it impossible
The success of the European Green Deal depends on the financial support it receives.
More and more finance is already flowing from banks and investors, eager to turn their portfolios green. But what are the criteria for deciding...
To benefit people, biodiversity and the climate, EU development programmes must heed local voices
The EU is the world’s largest aid donor and a major political actor with a strong influence over global policies. The EU recognises civil society as an essential actor in policy making and implementation, specifically in the...
Analysis on biomass in National Energy and Climate Plans
The European Union relies heavily on burning forest biomass to achieve its renewable energy targets. This destructive burning has doubled since the early 2000s and has already surpassed projected levels. Half of all harvested wood...
How bioenergy harms biodiversity: the facts
Intensive forest management is having devastating impacts on wildlife and biodiversity in the EU. This has increased since bioenergy was incentivised as a renewable form of energy under the Renewable Energy Directive. Scientists,...