The Rights Path
The world needs a great global forest restoration. But to succeed, it will require the restoration of the rights of forest dwellers: the people who know forests best and have the most reason to defend and nurture them, says Fred Pearce, award-winning writer and Fern board member.
Can tree planting solve climate change?
Tree planting schemes have always been popular, but never more so than today, where they are frequently promoted as a proposed solution to the climate crisis. There is a long, painful history of bad tree plantation projects,...
What are negative emissions?
Negative Emissions is one of the terms used by climate scientists in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) for activities that remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Other terms include Carbon Dioxide Removal...
Hungarian Constitutional Court’s landmark ruling is a blow to intensive forest management practices
On June 2020, the Hungarian Constitutional Court improved the nature conservation and biodiversity objectives of forested Natura 2000 sites. Hungarian civil society organisations welcomed the decision and hope that it will improve...
EU failed to consider environmental and social impacts of South American trade deal: complaint
The European Commission has ignored its legal obligation to ensure the trade agreement with the ‘Mercosur’ group of South American countries will not lead to social, economic, environmental degradation and human rights violations,...
EU-Mercosur deal increasingly under fire
As Europe seeks to lessen its responsibility for environmental and social harm, the Dutch Parliament adds another obstacle to the controversial EU-Mercosur trade deal.
Rescuing Cameroon’s Ebo forest could provide testing ground for local land use solutions
Donors should take note of well-considered alternative to forest conversion.
EU Climate Law report remains dangerously vague on the role of ‘negative emissions’
Positive elements in the new Draft report must not be thwarted by over-reliance on ‘negative emissions’.
Danish state aid case illustrates Commission’s biomass blind spot
Consideration of bioenergy’s external costs is fundamental for assessing compatibility of state aid.