Forests archive

  • Woman walking with basket on head against blue background

    How taking a ‘radical approach’ delivered community results in Liberia

    ClientEarth law and policy advisor Jozef Weyns recalls a story from a recent legal working group in Liberia, in which a community member used his legal prowess to ensure forest communities get what they are entitled to.

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    EU takes legal action against Polish government for breaking nature laws

    The Commission is urging Polish decision-makers to ensure proper safeguards are in place for protected forests, as recent changes to Polish laws have set off alarm bells for nature protection.

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    EU-Indonesia trade deal risks accelerating deforestation

    New report: stronger safeguards are needed in the trade agreement to stop forests being destroyed at a faster rate. 

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    EU fails to strive for an ambitious renewable energy future

    EU decision makers agreed on a disappointingly low overall renewable target for 2030 of 32%. It now remains to be seen what measures will be put in place to ensure that EU countries meet this target.

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    EUTR News – March to May 2018

    This issue of the EUTR News provides an update on the operation of the EU’s law to address illegal logging, from March to May 2018.

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    EU must strip large-scale wood-burning of ‘carbon-neutral’ status

    Biomass power plants put the EU’s ability to meet climate goals in jeopardy but they’re lauded as a panacea for cutting carbon. EU renewable energy policy needs to stop legitimising subsidies for biomass.

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    Putting the brakes on deforestation – a toolkit for forest conversion laws

    ClientEarth has developed a legal toolkit to help decision-makers use laws to reduce forest conversion and minimise the environmental and social impacts of deforestation.

  • Photo of lynx for story saying Polish government half-complies with EU Court order on illegal logging – 20 minutes after press conference highlights failure to act

    Polish government confirms it will half-comply with EU Court order on illegal logging – minutes after press conference highlights failure to act

    The Polish government has half-complied with EU judges’ order to reverse its illegal decision on logging in Bialowieza Forest, 20 minutes after environmentalists held a press conference highlighting its failure to act.

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    New laws are best way for EU to tackle deforestation

    Two long-awaited studies have found that EU action on deforestation is both necessary and achievable. 

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    EUTR News – March 2017 to March 2018

    This issue of the EUTR News provides an update on the operation of the EU’s law to address illegal logging, from March 2017 to March 2018.

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    Analysis: weak enforcement of EU Timber Regulation throughout Europe

    ClientEarth research has found that countries across the EU are not enforcing the EU Timber Regulation properly, risking illegal timber products being put on the European market. 

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    International Day of Forests 2018

    On International Forests Day, we’re reflecting back on some of our achievements over the last year.

  • ID marking on timber for story saying Two new studies pave the way for EU action on deforestation

    Two new studies pave the way for EU action on deforestation

    The European Commission has published two key studies on deforestation, one focusing on palm oil and sustainability certification, the other looking at how to step up EU action on deforestation.

  • picnic tables in forest for story on fifth anniversary of EU Timber Regulation

    Time for countries to make sure the EU Timber Regulation really works

    The EU is one of the world’s largest consumers of timber, but illegal harvesting and trade in illegal timber products can damage forests and the people that rely on them.

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    Legal clarity around forest conversion as law passes in Ghana

    A regulation that aims to stop illegal deforestation in Ghana has given fresh clarity to the rules on forest conversion in the country.

  • Trees in spring for story saying logging in Bialowieza Forest is illegal says proposed ruling

    Logging in Bialowieza Forest is illegal, says proposed ruling

    The Advocate General of the Court of Justice of the EU has today issued a legal opinion confirming that increased logging in Poland’s Bialowieza Forest breached EU nature laws. The final ruling will be published in a couple of weeks.

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    What you need to know: The culmination of the Bialowieza Forest case

    The next few weeks are of real importance in the Białowieża Forest case. In this Q&A we cover everything you need to know about our battle to save Europe’s last primeval forest.

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    Save Europe’s ancient forest, environment minister told

    ClientEarth and other ecological groups have asked the new environment minister to grant the entire Bialowieza Forest national park status.

  • women in nepal on the land in their community forest

    What can we learn from community forests in Nepal?

    In this article, Forests Law and Policy Advisor and Community Forestry Lead, Nathalie Faure, shares lessons she learned about community forestry on a recent trip to Nepal.

  • Jan Szyszko

    Polish minister who ordered illegal logging of Bialowieza Forest dismissed

    Poland’s environment minister Jan Szyszko has been dismissed from his job. He was responsible for ordering a three-fold increase in logging in Bialowieza Forest – which ClientEarth and other environmental groups have fought.

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    Helping create a model of community forestry in the Republic of Congo

    Our Forests Law and Policy Advisor, Tanja Venisnik, talks about our current work in Congo, including community forestry and a field mission to the Sangha region.

  • Bison to illustrate story about final EU court hearing on illegal logging in Bialowieza Forest

    Highest EU Court hears Bialowieza illegal logging case, hopefully for the last time

    The hearing that took place today at the Court of Justice of the EU should finally decide whether Polish environment minister Jan Szyszko broke the law when he allowed increased logging in Białowieża Forest. The verdict is expected in early 2018.

  • EUTR News – September to November 2017

    This issue of the EUTR News provides an update on the operation of the EU’s law to address illegal logging, from September to November 2017.

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    How laws shape forest conversion to agriculture in Congo Basin

    ClientEarth law and policy advisor Clotilde Henriot has contributed to a legal paper describing how laws shape forest conversion to agriculture in some countries of the Congo Basin.