Is Liberia's president going cold on the palm oil industry?
Johnson Sirleaf has promised villagers who travelled to see her that a palm oil company won't be allowed to expand its plantation on their land
Liberia's timber: From curse to blessing?
An agreement with the EU to stop the sale of illegally cut wood may bring a brighter future for forest communities but challenges remain
Export Credit Agencies
Export Credit Agencies, commonly known as ECAs, are public agencies and entities that provide government-backed loans, guarantees and insurance to corporations from their home country seeking to do business overseas in developing...
What are offsets?
Environmental offsetting enables a company, country or individual to be legally or morally allowed to pollute or otherwise damage the environment as long as they pay someone else somewhere else to attempt to compensate for some or...
What is carbon trading?
Carbon trading is the process of buying and selling permits and credits to emit carbon dioxide. It has been a central pillar of the EU’s efforts to slow climate change. The world’s biggest carbon trading system is the European...
What are negative emissions?
Most proposals to limit global temperature rises to well below 2° Celsius rely on ‘negative emissions’ – the removal of carbon from the atmosphere.This can be done naturally, such as by protecting and restoring degraded forests so...
Doomed from the start: EU proposal to ‘offset’ aviation’s emissions
The EU and its partners from the ‘High Ambition Coalition,’ recently called on countries to join a voluntary carbon-offsetting scheme to compensate for aviation’s massive projected growth in emissions. Unfortunately, such a call...
FLEGT VPA Update May 2013
Every six months, FERN produces an update looking at the present situation with regards the EU's Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Action Plan, with a specific focus on Voluntary Partnership Agreements (VPAs)....
Forest Watch Update on REDD+ in the Congo Basin
This update on Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+) looks in detail at five countries in the Congo Basin: the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Republic of Congo, the Central African Republic, Cameroon and...