Why carbon markets will not deliver for Southern governments, forests and people
Many governments believe that carbon trading will provide substantial funding to protect or sustainably manage forests in their countries via proposed schemes to Reduce Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD). This...
Is REDD-readiness taking us in the right direction?
This set of case studies from 2011 looking at how the REDD+ process has been experienced on the ground is a follow up to the June 2010 Accra Caucus on Forests and Climate Change report looking at countries preparing for...
REDD+ and carbon markets:Ten Myths Exploded
Over the last four years, the United Nations’ negotiations on Reducing Emissions from deforestation and Forest Degradation – REDD+ – has become increasingly central in global discussions on climate change. Unfortunately there are...
Strategies to Prevent Illegal Logging
This article was written by Saskia Ozinga and Hannah Mowat for the second edition of "A Handbook of Globalisation and Environmental Policy." It compares the EU's Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade Action Plan (FLEGT),...
An end to forest offsets
This manual was put together by the partners of the Grundtvig Learning Partnership “Forests and climate protection – merging topics in environmental education”. It provides background information for developing new approaches in...
FERN position paper: The new Forest Strategy
The EU Forestry Strategy adopted in 1998, acted as a response to concerns about the lack of coherence and coordination between national forest policies and other forest related EU policies. Though the non-legally binding Forestry...
Flows of biomass to and from the EU
This new report shows that the quantity of wood required to satisfy the European Union’s 20-20-20 target is likely to be too large to be met by increased production within the EU. Member States will have to rely on importing wood...
Central America’s first VPA? Perspectives on FLEGT in Honduras
In early April 2011, and following some initial contacts between Honduras and the European Union (EU) in mid-2010, a series of meetings and workshops were held in Honduras with the objective to explore the potential negotiation of...
Forest Governance and the Voluntary Partnership Agreement: Deepening forest sector reform in Liberia
On 9 May 2011 the government of Liberia and the European Union (EU) signed a Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) in the Liberian capital, Monrovia. The aim of the agreement is to improve forest governance by tackling the problem...
Designed to fail? The concepts, practices and controversies behind carbon trading.
Carbon trading has become the central pillar of international efforts to halt climate change. It is a term that most people will recognise, but far fewer will have a good understanding of what it means and how it is supposed to...