Ghana’s VPA progress holds vital lessons for EU Deforestation Regulation
The EU’s Proposed Regulation on deforestation-free products is potentially a crucial tool for fighting deforestation in Ghana and could complement the Voluntary Partnership Agreements (VPAs) the EU has signed with many...
The EU Regulation: A Liberian CSO perspective
On March 11 this year, Liberian civil society organisations working on land and forest governance took part in a one day forum organised by Sustainable Development Institutre (SDI) Liberia and Foundation for Community Initiatives...
EU Deforestation Regulation must not ignore vital VPA lessons
Fern’s Congo Basin partners support the aims of the Regulation on deforestation-free products, but have serious reservations about its approach.
EU Deforestation Regulation must follow international land and tenure rights standards
The European Union (EU) is the second biggest market for Brazilian soy, and a major importer of Brazilian beef and leather. These goods fuel deforestation – much of illegal – in Brazil. For example, cattle ranching in the...
In recent years, Fern has supported journalists in forested countries to report on critical issues facing their nations’ forests. A remarkable investigative journalism project in Liberia is continuing that tradition.
Sixth EU-African Union Summit: A political fig leaf for continued inaction on biodiversity and climate?
The EU-AU Summit did not match the EU’s rhetoric on a new, inclusive partnership of equals.
EU Africa Summit: Time for a Greener, Fairer Deal with Africa
The needs of those whose lives will be hardest hit by climate change and biodiversity loss must come before economic and geopolitical interests.
FLEGT: Back from the brink
The EU was about to discard its best weapon in the fight against illegal logging. Then civil society groups around the world pushed back. Marie-Ange Kalenga looks at a crisis that was averted.
FLEGT VPA paved the way for the US-Vietnam Timber Agreement
A US-Vietnam agreement underscores FLEGT’s broad impact
Cameroon’s forests can be saved – but only with the support of local communities and environmental activists
Lush, tropical forests cover approximately 40 per cent of Cameroon, yet since 1990, more than three million hectares have been cleared – an area approximately the size of Belgium. The destruction is driven by agriculture, logging...