Paving the way: learning from Ghana’s VPA process to help meet cocoa commitments
This short note presents a summary of some of the main lessons drawn from a Tropical Forest Alliance 2020 side event looking at how successes in Ghana’s Voluntary Partnership Agreement process could be brought into the cocoa...
Potential of natural forest management and restoration in limiting warming to 1.5 degrees
To avoid catastrophic climate change in line with the Paris Agreement, all sectors of the economy need to radically and rapidly reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In addition, we need to sequester more carbon dioxide (CO2) from the...
Achieving the 1.5 Target with Forests: What Role for the EU? - Panel event
By endorsing the Paris Agreement, the European Union (EU) has made a commitment to halt deforestation and forest degradation and protect carbon sinks and storage. The efforts to limit warming to 1.5 degrees will also require fores...
Biomass and resource efficiency: The need for a supply-led approach to forest productivity
“Measures are needed to ensure use of forest products is not guided by unregulated demand, but by what forests can sustainably supply,” this was one of the conclusions of the "Biomass and Resource Efficiency" event attended by...
Forest restoration - Our secret weapon for achieving the Paris Agreement targets
To reach the Paris Agreement temperature target of limiting temperature rise to 1,5 degrees we must preserve and restore forests. On the 16th of November 2017 our event looked at how forest restoration can be undertaken in a way...
Loophole after loophole, is LULUCF Regulation limping toward a dead-end?
The European Parliament’s plenary vote, 13 September 2017, on how EU nations account for emissions from their land and forest sectors (LULUCF Regulation) was disheartening. The European People’s Party (EPP) proposed last-minute...
Lungs of the Earth – forest policies for health and climate
“How can forests help the EU meet its climate, energy and clean air objectives?” This was a key question discussed on 28 September 2017 at an event looking at current and future forest-related policies. It was hosted by MEPs Paul...
Drawing out links between the Common Agricultural Policy, soy, and deforestation in South America
The European Union’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is fuelling tropical deforestation, according to a new report published by Fern at an event in the European Parliament yesterday. The event was hosted by MEP Maria Noichl (pict...
Minutes of Community Forestry Workshop: Brussels, 3–4 April 2014
These are the minutes of the Community Forestry Workshop, organised by Fern in Brussels on 3 and 4 April 2014. The meeting brought together participants from 30 countries to share their understanding and experience of community...
Conference: Protecting forests, respecting rights
On 30 March 2015, Fern hosted a conference looking at how to develop an EU Action Plan on Deforestation. This is important as the EU's consumption of agricultural commodities and timber has resulted in the destruction of at least...