The European Union spends billions each year on Development Aid. This can benefit forests and forest-dependent peoples through support to projects that tackle climate change and biodiversity loss, strengthen local communities' rights, or reduce illegal logging. But such aid can also harm them if it supports large infrastructure developments or conservation projects that trample the rights of local people.

To achieve this we keep track of European development aid policies and spending to see how it affects forests. We work with partners in Europe and timber producing countries and open space for them to be involved in the design and implementation of policies and programmes that affect them. Fern currently campaigns for strong implementation of the EU Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade Action Plan and researches how communities can better benefit from forests.

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