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MEP letter on a robust effort sharing decision

On 20 July, the European Commission will make its proposal on how to integrate emissions from land and forests (LULUCF) into the climate and energy package.

However, this has not stopped the Environment Committee in the European Parliament from already forming an opinion.

Biodiversity offsetting - an end to environmental protection?

A think piece written by FERN Campaigner Hannah Mowat for the Ecologist explains biodiversity offsetting is deeply flawed because it fundamentally misunderstands the relationship between people and their natural surroundings.

Our forests aren't fuel: How European demand for biomass threatens North American forests

Conversions of large coal-burning power plants to wood (co-)firing in Europe have resulted in the explosive growth of wood pellet exports from North America, most of which originate in the forests of the southern United States.
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Palm oil, land rights and ecosystem services in Gbarpolu County, Liberia

This case study of a plam oil concession in Liberia highlights wider policy considerations regarding large-scale land acquisitions in the global South including the need for both formal mechanisms to ensure free, prior and informed consent; and rigorous environmen

Multinational Corporations and their Impact on Rural Community Rights to Land and Natural Resources

This report from Robert Lawrence Nyahn of Save my Future Foundation Liberia finds that if the motivation for issuing concessions for multinational corporations is to lift ordinary Liberian citizens out of poverty, then

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ETS reforms steal attention from measures that could actually work

FERN wrote this guest commentary for PointCarbon ( to highlight that the time has come to give up waiting for the "market" to deliver the structural changes needed to keep global warming below two degrees and start taking direct action.

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Uncertain Futures: The impacts of Sime Darby on communities in Liberia

Large-scale land grants totaling more than 1.5 million acres to Sime Darby and Golden Veroleum for oil palm and rubber plantations jeopardizes land rights of local populations, threatens local livelihoods and wellbeing of communities, and puts the future viability of one of the world’s most significant biodiversity hotspots into doubt.

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Central African Republic civil society counterbrief

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 presents the point of view of civil society in Central African Republic and the EU, looking at what was in the signed agreement, what is at stake, and the challenges to implementation. It shows that the economic and social development goals of the VPA cannot be attained without respect for the rights of forest communities and the environment, and genuine political will.

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Ten Ways to Game the Carbon Market

Remember how Wall Street traders crashed the economy in 2008 with their gambling on complex mortgage securities, and with 'dark market' derivatives?

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Letter from Asia Pulp and Paper's lawyer re: FERN's report on Pindo Deli

On 21 November 2011, FERN was sent the attached letter from APP's lawyers. We will not be removing the report 'EU Ecolabel allows forest destruction - the case of Pindo Deli' from our site as we stand by the information in that document and the conclusion the EU Ecolabel needs to improve its transparency. For further information please see 'The EU Ecolabel and Asia Pulp and Paper' an NGO statement signed onto by fourteen NGOs.

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