Forests archive

  • 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.

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    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.

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    Legal frameworks on community-based forest management in five Congo Basin countries

    ClientEarth has developed a table of legal frameworks to compare models of community-based forestry in five Congo Basin countries.

  • Trees and river in day light

    Lombok first UK company fined for breaching EU timber regulation

    Lombok has been fined £5,000 by a criminal court for failing to check the risk of illegal timber in its supply chain.

  • bison in bialowieza

    Polish authorities face fines of €100,000 per day over illegal Bialowieza logging, court rules

    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.

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    New regulation to stop illegal deforestation and promote legal timber trade passes in Ghana

    Ghana has passed a new regulation that aims to stop illegal deforestation and reduce the sale of illegal timber.

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    Japan proposes new system to reduce illegal timber trade

    Japan is joining the efforts of the EU, US and Australia in developing laws to stop illegally harvested timber from entering their markets.

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    Belgium facing legal action for breaking illegal logging law

    The European Commission has launched legal action against Belgium because it is breaking the EU’s law against illegal logging.

  • Independent forest monitoring – experiences from Congo shared in Ivory Coast

    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.

  • Woman pouring sand looking for gold

    Better laws can help stop illegal forest conversion in Ghana – report

    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.

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    EUTR News – June to August 2017

    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.

  • Fog and haze of stream and trees in yellow sun

    European Commission makes formal request for financial penalties over Białowieża

    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.

  • running in autumn forest for story saying interim fines requested in legal fight over 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.

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    Misleading environmental claims create liability risk

    Companies making false claims and commitments about their products might breach consumer protection laws, research by ClientEarth has found.