What is the EU Regulation on deforestation-free products and why should you care?
The European Union (EU) Regulation on deforestation-free products (EUDR) - to be adopted spring 2023 - prohibits companies from putting products on the EU market unless they are deforestation-free and legally produced. It will...
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FLEGT Voluntary Partnership Agreements 2.0
A response to the European Commission FLEGT Fitness Check, and options for the future
Building alliances for equitable climate action for people and the planet
In 2021, CARE France, Coordination Sud, GRET and Fern organised a series of webinars to discuss civil society’s role in implementing climate action that protects biodiversity and local communities. These meetings provided an...
CLIMATE FINANCE - How can it help to protect forests and human rights and improve governance?
Forests are crucial to keeping average global temperature rise below 1.5°C. Their protection and restoration could provide a cost-effective solution for climate mitigation, and adaptation. To meet targets for the Agriculture,...
Progress towards strong forest governance in Voluntary Partnership Agreement countries 2018-2020
Tropical forests and those who depend on them are at greatest risk where their governance is weak. The Voluntary Partnership Agreements (VPAs) that the EU - and, post-Brexit, the UK independently - establishes with forested...
To benefit people, biodiversity and the climate, EU development programmes must heed local voices
The EU is the world’s largest aid donor and a major political actor with a strong influence over global policies. The EU recognises civil society as an essential actor in policy making and implementation, specifically in the...
How can NDCs contribute to forest governance and resilient local communities?
Five ways the EU can ensure forests support EU climate and biodiversity goals
To tackle the climate crisis, EU land and forests need to absorb more carbon dioxide, but the opposite is happening. EU forest health and biodiversity is declining, even in EU forests protected by legislation. Half of all the wood...
Beyond commitments: How can Nationally Determined Contributions contribute to forest governance and resilient local communities?
In 2018, Fern and our partners revealed that many African states’ Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) pledges were not considering the need to improve forest governance. As countries are now preparing and communicating new...
European Green Deal must strengthen partner countries’ recovery from the COVID-19 crisis
Fern and 15 other NGOs working on climate, environment, human rights and sustainable development issues have released a statement on the EU’s response to the COVID-19 crisis.
The statement welcomes EU leadership in supporting...