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...
FERN statement to the Forest Stewardship Council on withdrawing FERNs membership
In a position paper presented to the FSC General Assembly in 2008, FERN and other FSC members from the environmental and economic chamber highlighted the changes necessary for the FSC to regain and retain its credibility. In 2009,...
Lessons learnt from FLEGT for REDD - Summary
This report explains why ignoring key lessons from initiatives to control illegal logging (such as the EU's Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade Action Plan (FLEGT) will lead REDD to a dead-end.
It builds on FERN's nearly...
Woody Biomass for Energy: NGO Concerns and Recommendations
The European Commission recently consulted on its preparation of a report on additional sustainability measures at EU level for solid and gaseous biomass used in electricity, heating and cooling. This consultation failed to ask...
Whose land is it? The status of customary land tenure in Cameroon
This report sets out to identify the current legal status of customary land interests in Cameroon. It analyses what the law says concerning customary land rights, focuses on the forestry legislation in force and compares the...