Forests archive

  • Timber

    EUTR News – November 2018 to January 2019

    This issue of the EUTR News provides an update on the operation of the EU’s law to address illegal logging, from November 2018 to January 2019.

  • Image of nature

    Empowering communities in forestry laws key to stopping global deforestation

    Environmental lawyers from ClientEarth have released findings that demonstrate how important the right legal framework is for creating successful community forest systems.

  • Tropical forest

    ClientEarth launches online legal hub for forest defenders

    Lawyers from ClientEarth have launched a new online resource to help forest defenders and managers everywhere have access to the most up to date information about forestry laws.

  • Lawyers sound alarm over new Polish plans to log Bialowieza Forest

    Lawyers at ClientEarth have criticised moves by the Polish state-owned forestry company to restart commercial logging in the Bialowieza Forest.

  • Sun rays through a forest

    New report highlights climate risk from burning trees for energy

    A new report from the UK’s Committee on Climate Change (CCC) recognises burning trees for energy can cause more greenhouse gas emissions than fossil fuels.

  • Participation key in forestry legal reforms, Brazzaville conference hears

    Participation and political will have been highlighted as key for reforming laws around forest governance, a forum in Brazzaville, the Republic of Congo, has heard.

  • cut trees

    EUTR News – June to October 2018

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

  • spider mushroom pine branches

    Court rules against RWE, halting German forest clearance

    Environmental lawyers are calling for a ‘beyond coal’ policy as Hambach ruling sends RWE’s share price plummeting.

  • wilderness

    How community forests are thriving in Tanzania

    To combat deforestation, community-based forest management was introduced in 2002 to reduce deforestation and improve the livelihoods of local people.

  • 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.

  • Houses surrounded by fields and trees with pink sunset

    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.

  • monkey sat in forest

    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. 

  • Solar panels

    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.

  • Cut forest Madagascar

    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.

  • tree tops in front of hazy forest

    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.

  • Logging road surrounded by heavy forest

    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.

  • Trees in rain forest from ground

    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. 

  • timber

    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.

  • cut timber in forest

    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. 

  • overhead view of forests

    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.

  • Sun setting with forest in shadow

    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.