Forest conversion archive

  • Green moss on tree bark

    Empowering women and protecting forests in Liberia

    ClientEarth interviewed our colleague in Liberia to find out more about her gender rights and forest protection work. We collaborate with her to run gender training and workshops as part of the legal working groups, which seek to involve women in forest governance, and in doing so, ensure the community and forests can prosper harmoniously. 

  • Due diligence key to make supply chains more sustainable: report

    ClientEarth legal experts took part in working groups to help develop the Global Resources Initiative (GRI) taskforce report highlighting the complexity of global food production systems, and challenging government to create systemic and transformative change that ensures food supply while putting people and planet first.

  • IPCC report shows need for strong national laws to halt global forest disaster

    ClientEarth’s environmental lawyers are warning national governments that only strong national laws can properly protect forests, store carbon emissions and ensure the livelihood of forest-dependent communities, in response to today’s land use report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

  • EU can better protect environment by strengthening corporate responsibility

    The EU can help tackle deforestation, environmental harm and human rights abuses by introducing mandatory due diligence – rules which require companies to identify and prevent the negative impact of their operations and supply chains.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • sunset with logs

    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.

  • 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.

  • Hands holding a raw cocoa fruit split in half

    The laws that govern forest conversion in Ghana

    ClientEarth has produced a law database of the central policies, laws and regulations that govern forest conversion in Ghana.

  • Parliamentarians and ClientEarth in Republic of Congo

    Discussing forest governance with parliamentarians in Republic of Congo

    Parliamentarians from the Republic of Congo met with members of Congolese civil society and ClientEarth at the Ministry of Justice in February for a roundtable discussion on forest conversion and community forestry.

  • palm oil trees in row in shadow

    MEPs call for EU measures to tackle palm oil deforestation

    New EU measures to tackle palm-oil related deforestation are needed, the European Parliament voted yesterday. The EU is the second largest global importer of palm oil.

  • The laws that govern forest conversion in Liberia

    ClientEarth has created a law database of the main policies, laws and regulations governing forest conversion in Liberia.

  • trees and green with water fall in the middle

    Celebrating International Day of Forests in Central and West Africa

    The rights of local communities and their involvement in forest governance in Central and West Africa is being celebrated by us today, on the International Day of Forests.

  • Orange sunrise with flowers in shadow in front

    20 ways to protect the planet in 2017

    In 2017, we will build on our successes and continue to use the law to protect people and the planet. In this post, each of our teams look forward to the New Year.

  • photo of rubber plantation to illustrate story asking What are the risks of weak forest conversion law in Liberia

    What are the risks of weak forest conversion law in Liberia?

    The environmental impacts of forest conversion are devastating, but the people and communities who live in the forest are also at risk.

  • Train track in forest in Liberia close up

    What is forest conversion?

    The world’s tropical forests are being cleared for agriculture and mining. This is known as ‘forest conversion’ and it’s the leading cause of deforestation today.

  • Republic of Congo, Brazaville city

    Our work in the Republic of Congo

    Current rates of deforestation are relatively low, but selective logging and the conversion of forested areas to other uses threaten to increase those rates, bringing risks of long-term damage to people and ecosystems.

  • Photo of macaws and rainforest to illustrate story about International Forest Day

    Call for EU action on International Forest Day

    Today is International Forests Day. How can the EU do more to reduce illegal logging and the destruction of forests?

  • Republic of Congo timber: risks of illegality

    The EU Timber Regulation (‘EUTR’) prohibits the introduction of illegally harvested timber on the EU market and requires ‘operators’ to exercise due diligence.

  • Forest conversion: What does the Congolese law say?

    What does the law say about converting forest to other uses in Congo-Brazzaville?