Forest conversion archive
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).
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.
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.
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.
A regulation that aims to stop illegal deforestation in Ghana has given fresh clarity to the rules on forest conversion in the country.
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 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.
ClientEarth has produced a law database of the central policies, laws and regulations that govern forest conversion in Ghana.
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.
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.
ClientEarth has created a law database of the main policies, laws and regulations governing forest conversion in Liberia.
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.
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.
The environmental impacts of forest conversion are devastating, but the people and communities who live in the forest are also at risk.
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.
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.
Today is International Forests Day. How can the EU do more to reduce illegal logging and the destruction of forests?
The EU Timber Regulation (‘EUTR’) prohibits the introduction of illegally harvested timber on the EU market and requires ‘operators’ to exercise due diligence.
What does the law say about converting forest to other uses in Congo-Brazzaville?