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Briefing note
February 14, 2018

Cocoa consumption is a major cause of deforestation – estimated to have destroyed an area of forest the size of Belgium between 1988 and 2008. Other problems include endemic use of child labour, local tenure conflicts, and extreme poverty among cocoa farmers and their families. As the world’s largest importer, manufacturer and consumer of cocoa and cocoa products, the European Union (EU) has a special responsibility to help tackle these issues. Fern is calling for the EU to take action to ensure cocoa imports don’t cause deforestation, and pay farmers a fair income.

This is the third in a series of background notes on agricultural commodities.

Presentations
February 12, 2018

The CoNGOs project partners discuss a new paradigm for community forestry at the meeting of the CBFP parties in Douala.

 
 At the 17th annual Meeting of Parties of the Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP) in Douala, Cameroon, Fern organised a side event on inclusive forest management in the Congo Basin. The event offered the chance to reflect on the role of community forestry in improving forest and climate governance, based on experiences in the sub-region,  in collaboration with partners from the CoNGOs project.
NGO Statements
February 6, 2018
In the coming weeks, the European Commission is set to make a momentous decision about the fate of the world’s forests.
February 1, 2018
 
In the coming weeks, the European Commission is set to make a momentous decision about the fate of the world’s forests.
Press Releases
January 17, 2018

(Brussels) – 17 January 2018. The European Parliament today failed to help the climate by reversing the European Union’s (EU) disastrous bioenergy policy. 

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