International groups demand investigation into Berta Cáceres murder
A group of more than 50 international organisations have written to the Honduran President to demand an independent international investigation into last week’s killing of the environmental and indigenous rights campaigner Berta...
Is DRC planning to lift moratorium and open world’s second largest rainforest to industrial logging?
A group of national and international NGOs, including Fern, have issued a statementwarning that plans by the Democratic Republic of Congo to lift a moratorium on new logging concessions threatens to cause environmental...
Protecting forests, improving livelihoods - Comparing community forestry in Cameroon and Guatemala
This report conducts a comparison between the experience of community forests in Guatemala and in Cameroon. Community forests in Guatemala have met with some success, in some cases becoming effective enterprises at the same time...
Vietnamese NGOs call for improved forest governance through FLEGT VPA and free trade deal
The EU and Vietnam recently concluded a Free Trade Agreement and reaffirmed their determination to conclude negotiations for a Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) promoting sustainable and legal timber trading. In a statement, a...
Will carbon markets ever deliver for southern government, forests and people?
This statement, endorsed by 57 prominent human rights and environmental organisations from Europe, Africa, Asia,and North America, argues that carbon markets will never deliver for southern governments, forests or people.
Comment on the COP21 - Issue 2 - a forest perspective
Forests barely feature in the draft text, but runaway climate change could devastate the forests which more than a billion people directly rely on for their survival. Forests also play a crucial role in regulating the climate....
Designing a LULUCF pillar that works for forests and climate
This report by the Institute for European Environmental Policy was commissioned by Fern to develop proposals for how best to include the Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry (LULUCF) sector's emissions and removals in the EU’s...
Film: how FLEGT-VPA is being used to give CAR’s forest communities a voice
As the Central African Republic (CAR) was recovering from a severe civil conflict, the government launched a nationwide consultation on the future constitution – the first in the country’s history. The untold story of forest...
Bioenergy briefing note 1: the limited availability of wood for energy
This is the first of a series of briefings Fern is producing on bioenergy. This briefing shows how little forest biomass is available, and proposes an EU strategy for a more efficient use of the scarce wood resource.
Stashing the cash: banks, money laundering and the battle against illegal logging
Illegal logging is believed to account for between 15% and 30% of the international trade in timber, with revenues running into billions of dollars each year. This has prompted the EU, the World Bank and others to call for more...