Blog: Hope for a hard-pressed community
The head of Tan Hoi village sits cross-legged on the floor describing the pressures his people face.“The older generation lacks education. The younger ones leave school as early as 11. Only one person has ever graduated from...
Bonn talks point to the need to accelerate climate action
Governments met for climate talks in the German city of Bonn from 8 - 18 June 2017,aiming to make progress on the detailed rules for implementing the 2015 Paris Agreement. This ‘Paris rulebook’ is due to be completed by the end of...
European Parliament mission checks in on Cameroon
Three members of the European Parliament’s Development Committee, travelled to Cameroon in May, to assess the EU’s involvement in natural resource management. The delegation focused on EU support to combat illegal logging and halt...
Suspension of Atama’s deforestation activities in Congo: Important but insufficient
Civil society hails the decision taken by the Republic of Congo to suspend the illegal deforestation activities of Atama Plantation in the forested region of Sangha (Northern Congo) where Atama planned to deforest nearly 180,000...
Forest Watch VPA Update June 2017: The future of FLEGT, what will the EU prioritise?
LoggingOff and Fern publish occasional Forest Watch updates detailing events in countries negotiating a Voluntary Partnership Agreement from a civil society perspective. In the June 2017 edition, the main article examines the...
News in Brief June 2017
A new report from the European Academies Science Advisory Council clearly states that bioenergy is not carbon neutral and calls for robust LULUCF rules and forest conservation. The report “Multi-functionality and sustainability in...
A chance to salvage the EU’s failing bioenergy policy
The draft report released on June 7 on bioenergy sustainability criteria by Environmental committee (ENVI) rapporteur MEP Bas Eickhout (Greens) is a chance for the EU to end a policy which is causing huge damage to forests and the...
One step forward, two steps back for EU on climate and forests
Today, the European Parliament took one step forward and two steps back for the climate and forests.Read the full Press ReleaseOn a positive front, the Environment Committee voted to strengthen the EU’s climate target for the...
VPA negotiations: Commission should boldly encourage positive momentum in Laos
From 27 - 28 April 2017, the Lao PDR experienced its first face-to-face negotiation toward a Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA), a trade deal with the EU that aims to ensure that wood being sold in the EU is demonstrably...