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July 11, 2018
Forest Watch
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The struggle against climate change must also be a battle to protect and restore land and forests.

July 10, 2018
Briefing Note
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Cocoa is crucial to Ghana’s economy, but is also a significant driver of deforestation. The Ghana National REDD+ Strategy identifies agricultural expansion to be responsible for at least 50 per cent of deforestation, with cocoa a major contributor.

July 10, 2018
Briefing Note
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Concerned residents of Tartu, Estonia, have pulled off a rare victory: Estonia’s government has announced it will end the national planning procedure for a proposed “biorefinery” (pulp mill) developed by Est-For Invest OU (FW

Nicole Gerard
July 10, 2018
Blog
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We are looking for an experienced, bilingual (French and English) consultant to provide an assessment of EU policies and processes including funding that support the development and implementation of community forests.

June 29, 2018
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Indigenous leaders and human rights activists from Liberia, Indonesia and Colombia will come to Brussels on June 29 to deliver a petition

June 28, 2018
Press Release
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A new report released today by Fern and Forest Trends finds that the onus is on governments in both f

June 26, 2018
Press Release
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Concerned residents of Tartu, Estonia, have pulled off a rare victory: Estonia’s government has announced it will end the national planning procedure for a proposed “biorefinery” (pulp mill) developed by Est-For Invest OU (FW 235), estimated to be worth about €1 billion, that would have…
Nicole Gerard
July 10, 2018
Blog
The EU’s new bioenergy policy is driven by vested interests not evidence, writes Linde Zuidema. “I want the European Union to become the world number one in renewables,” Jean-Claude Juncker declared in January 2014. This grand ambition – along with the EU’s goal of being the world’s climate…
Linde Zuidema
June 21, 2018
Blog
On May 29, European NGOs, including Fern, sent an open letter to the EU Commission for Agriculture Phil Hogan to make recommendations on the EU's upcoming protein plan. They include:   Reducing EU production and consumption of animal products Adopting an Action Plan to halt deforestation and…
May 29, 2018
Statement
Negotiations around the timber trade deal between Honduras and the European Union show how diverse interests can be reconciled in a divided land. Isolda Arita reports.  …
Isolda Arita
May 11, 2018
Blog
To avoid catastrophic climate change all sectors of the economy need to radically and rapidly reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In addition, we need to sequester more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere than we are putting in. The best way to do this is to protect and restore natural forests.…
April 30, 2018
Statement
Civil society leaders helping to halt the trade in illegal timber and illegal deforestation came to Europe in March 2018 to meet with representatives from the European Commission, the European External Action Service, the European Parliament, and the Belgian, French, German and Dutch governments…
April 24, 2018
Statement
On April 25, European and international NGOs send an open letter to the European Commission calling for the EU to put human rights and sustainability at the forefront of the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with Mercosur. After highlighting the potential negative impacts of the FTA on the EU's climate,…
April 24, 2018
Statement
Cocoa is crucial to Ghana’s economy, but is also a significant driver of deforestation. The Ghana National REDD+ Strategy identifies agricultural expansion to be responsible for at least 50 per cent of deforestation, with cocoa a major contributor.
July 10, 2018
Briefing Note
The struggle against climate change must also be a battle to protect and restore land and forests.
July 10, 2018
Briefing Note
This report provides an overview and analysis of the means by which a number of “global public bads” associated with international trade have been addressed.
Duncan Brack with Michael Wolosin
June 26, 2018
Report
The purpose of this discussion paper, which draws on a detailed Fern report as well as an analysis we will soon be publishing, is to show the contours of a way forward.
June 25, 2018
Briefing Note
This rapid scoping of the Food and Agricultural Organisation Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure (VGGT) sought the views of different organisations, individuals and activists on the usefulness of the guidelines for promoting forest tenure reform in support of secure commu
June 22, 2018
Report
2017 was a year in which extreme weather events pushed climate to the top of many people's agenda. It was also the year in which Fern launched its new restoration campaign and said goodbye to our founder Saskia Ozinga.
June 19, 2018
Annual Report
Forests in Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay, all members of the Mercosur trade bloc, are being destroyed on an epic scale to make way for cattle. Beef production is the largest driver of global deforestation.
May 26, 2018
Briefing Note
VISION

Fern seeks a world in which environmental, social and economic justice is fully integrated at all levels and people have a voice in decisions affecting their lives and livelihoods.

MISSION

Fern’s mission is to achieve greater environmental and social justice, focusing on forests and forest peoples’ rights in the policies and practices of the European Union.

VALUES

In striving to achieve its mission, Fern aims to be: collaborative, evidence-based, independent, challenging and inclusive.