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.
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.
A regulation that aims to stop illegal deforestation in Ghana has given fresh clarity to the rules on forest conversion in the country.
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.
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.
ClientEarth and other ecological groups have asked the new environment minister to grant the entire Bialowieza Forest national park status.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
ClientEarth has developed a table of legal frameworks to compare models of community-based forestry in five Congo Basin countries.
Lombok has been fined £5,000 by a criminal court for failing to check the risk of illegal timber in its supply chain.
The Court of Justice has today upheld the emergency ban on logging in Bialowieza Forest, saying it will impose fines of at least €100,000 a day if Poland’s Environment Minister keeps ignoring the Court’s decisions.
Ghana has passed a new regulation that aims to stop illegal deforestation and reduce the sale of illegal timber.
Japan is joining the efforts of the EU, US and Australia in developing laws to stop illegally harvested timber from entering their markets.
The European Commission has launched legal action against Belgium because it is breaking the EU’s law against illegal logging.
The Independent Monitoring body in the Congo share their experiences and lessons learnt of using independent organisations to verify documents and conduct field visits, with the forest administration, civil society and the private sector in Ivory Coat.
ClientEarth has reviewed the current laws and regulations that govern forest conversion in Ghana and found that major problems like illegal deforestation and community land rights’ violations stem from laws that are not fit for purpose.
This issue of the EUTR News provides an update on the operation of the EU’s law to address illegal logging, from June to August 2017.
The European Commission has submitted a formal request to the Court of Justice of the EU to impose financial penalties over illegal logging in the Bialowieza Forest.
Commission calls for fines as European Court of Justice hears case over illegal logging in Bialowieza Forest
The Commission has today called on the EU’s most senior judges to impose fines on the Polish side for illegal logging in Bialowieza Forest, as the European Court of Justice was deliberating whether an emergency ban on logging in should be upheld.
Companies making false claims and commitments about their products might breach consumer protection laws, research by ClientEarth has found.