On the Road to COP26: The disturbing return of offsetting
With the colliding crises of habitat loss and global heating firmly on the agenda of the EU and UN, 2021 is going to be a huge year for forests. The postponed biodiversity and climate conferences of parties (COPs) are set to take...
A ‘Just Transition’ for European Forestry is needed
The Ministerial Conference on the Protection of Forests in Europe (Forest Europe), a high-level intergovernmental process involving 46 European countries and the EU, issues a report on the State of European Forests every five...
New European Commission research reveals bioenergy’s bleak impact on forests
“The Use of Woody Biomass for Energy Production in the EU”, the new study by the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC), has been released. It will inform the revision of EU climate and renewable energy legislation, and...
Legal Affairs Committee adopts corporate due diligence report
On 27 January 2021, Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) on the European Parliament’s Committee on Legal Affairs (JURI Committee) voted 34 to 3 to adopt a milestone legislative report on corporate due diligence. The truly...
The EU's watershed deforestation moment?
This week Ursula von der Leyen signalled the EU’s desire to lead the world in the fight against global deforestation. But if the key drivers of deforestation aren’t addressed, progress will remain limited.
What is community forestry?
We use the term ‘community forestry’ as when “communities have the right to manage the forest resources upon which they depend, with a view to improving their living conditions.” This definition was agreed when Fern's...
In 2021 the EU’s policy choices will shape the fate of the world’s forests
Last year changed everything, and nothing.
Almost overnight our lives were upended: businesses and economies ground to a halt, movement was constrained, and physical contact with others curbed. Yet our greatest challenge – the...
The conservation model needs to change – Fern’s response to WWF’s review of human rights abuses
Efforts to protect and restore forests must recognise community rights to land.
In early 2019, the environmental movement was rocked by reports that WWF financed and provided technical support to conservation projects that had...
Estonian forest politics in 2020: conflict intensifies
Almost a year ago, avid readers of Fern’s guest blogs learned that Estonian environmental NGOs were under pressure for challenging those spearheading the destruction of some of our country’s most precious habitats.
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Dual climate and biodiversity crises threaten people and the planet, but we have the tools to solve them!
The unfolding COVID crisis has laid bare our social, disaster-preparedness, economic and governance vulnerabilities. But 2020 is a plentiful year for crises: in addition to the pandemic, our consumption and unsustainable economic...