This first briefing outlines what biodiversity is and why it is important. Future briefings will look at both biodiversity legislation and biodiversity offsetting case studies, and propose a way for the EU to protect biodiversity without resorting to offsetting.
Every six months, FERN produces an update looking at the present situation with regards the EU's Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Action Plan, with a specific focus on Voluntary Partnership Agreements (VPAs).
This briefing note provides useful suggestions for civil society with regards to applying for funding to work on FLEGT. It is based on lessons learned from past experiences as well as direct inputs from the donors themselves.
On 21 December 2010 the government of the Central African Republic and the European Union signed a Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade Voluntary Partnership Agreement to tackle illegal logging.
This briefing note looking at what has been achieved so far by FLEGT Voluntary Partnership Agreements (VPAs) finds that the EU has played a central role in ensuring various civil society groups are involved in the VPA negotiating process.
This briefing provides an overview of the publicly documented involvement of the European Investment Bank (EIB) in support of failing carbon markets. It is based on a report by the organisations Counter Balance and Campagna per la riforma della banca mondiale (CRBM).
Many governments believe that carbon trading will provide substantial funding to protect or sustainably manage forests in their countries via proposed schemes to Reduce Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD).
This set of case studies from 2011 looking at how the REDD+ process has been experienced on the ground is a follow up to the June 2010 Accra Caucus on Forests and Climate Change report looking at countries preparing for the UNFCCC’s programme on R