How the European Union should step up action against deforestation - Fern's submission to the EU Consultation on deforestation
In December 2018, the European Commission announced plans to “step up European Action against Deforestation and Forest Degradation”. A new Commission Communication is foreseen in the second quarter of 2019 to “develop a more...
Fern’s offices will be closed on March 15 in solidarity with the school #Strike4Climate movement
Last summer, Greta Thunberg, a 15-year old Swedish girl started a lone strike outside of the Swedish Parliament to protest against lack of action on climate change. She had one simple ask, for the Swedish government to come up...
Community forestry: Opportunity or mirage for women in the Congo Basin?
In the Congo Basin, women play an important role in forest management by either practicing traditional agroforestry or collecting fuelwood and non-timber forest products for food, livestock, and health care or income generation....
Open Letter to the Government of France: To Protect Forests, Communities and the Climate, the Conversion of Cordemais Power Plant to Biomass Co-Firing Must Not Go Ahead
46 groups - representing environmental, climate and social justice organisations in the main wood pellet exporting regions and elsewhere - are deeply concerned about proposals to permit Cordemais Power Station to be kept open...
EU forests in danger: Forest protection starts in our backyard
Trees cover 182 million hectares of the EU. That’s six times the size of Italy. Yet as this report shows, European Union (EU) forests are under threat, and rapid and committed action is required to save them. We all - citizens,...
Forests in the EU’s Long-term climate strategy
Thirty-eight per cent of the European Union (EU) is covered by forests. They contribute to life and well-being, give children a place to play and dream, and parents a place to walk and talk. They contribute to Gross Domestic...
Civil society letter - AGRIFISH Council meeting discussion on plant proteins in the EU
On December 14, NGOs wrote to all agriculture Ministers regarding the development of plant proteins in the European Union.
Planting the forest at the root of the EU-Indonesia trade relationship - joint paper
The European Union and Indonesia are currently negotiating a Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA). Both Parties have clear objectives for the trade deal, from increased sales in machinery and transport equipment, to...
The long road to timber legality: Taking stock of the EU-Vietnam VPA timber trade deal
On 19 October 2018, after eight years of negotiations, the Voluntary Partnership Agreement – a timber trade deal between the European Union (EU) and Vietnam – was signed in Brussels.
Civil society has been rightly concerned...
Trade agreements and transparency: under construction – VPA update, December 2018
Illegal logging and the illicit timber trade thrive when legal frameworks, rights and benefits are unclear and complex to enforce. Transparency is therefore at the heart of Voluntary Partnership Agreements (VPAs) and over the last...