Forest governance archive
Countries globally are revising their environmental laws to reflect the urgent need to protect forests. Our guide to legal reforms in the forest sector can help make sure these new laws hold up in practice.
Last month, the Republic of Congo’s new forest law came into effect. By ensuring more sustainable management of the country’s vast rainforests, it marks a big step forward in regulating and protecting climate-critical forests.
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.
On 1 July, China’s newly amended forest law came into effect, marking the first revision of the law in over twenty years. The law comes with a number of significant improvements, aiming to better protect China’s forest resources and promote sustainable development.
In a briefing, ClientEarth and Global Witness are calling on the UK to adopt mandatory due diligence laws to tackle its environmental footprint overseas, address associated human rights violations, and stop the flow of money leading to deforestation.
Environmental lawyers from ClientEarth have developed a first of its kind legal toolkit to support laws that enshrine the management rights of indigenous and local communities over forests worldwide.
ClientEarth has cautiously welcomed the Republic of Congo passing a new law hoped to promote more sustainable management of the country’s vast forest resources.
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.
The Romanian government has repeatedly failed to meet its legal obligations to protect Europe’s last natural forests from logging. Together with EuroNatur and Agent Green, we filed a complaint against the country’s authorities to the European Commission.
Across the Mekong region, legal and policy reforms on community forestry are underway. This is good news but a couple of essential questions remain to be answered.
ClientEarth launches its new briefing on REDD+, the international initiative to reduce emissions from deforestation.
ClientEarth lawyer Tanja Venisnik has launched a policy briefing outlining five priorities for the Republic of Congo’s first legal framework on community forestry.
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.
Law and Policy Advisor Caroline Haywood examines how Liberian community forestry laws are empowering women.
ClientEarth looked into the measures adopted by the Philippines to tackle forest depletion and assessed their effectiveness while drawing lessons for the Congo Basin, where forests laws are currently under review.
Environmental lawyers from ClientEarth have released findings that demonstrate how important the right legal framework is for creating successful community forest systems.
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.
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.
To combat deforestation, community-based forest management was introduced in 2002 to reduce deforestation and improve the livelihoods of local people.
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.
As Gabon revises its forest laws, ClientEarth has published two reports demonstrating how the country’s legal framework can promote community-based forest management.
New report: stronger safeguards are needed in the trade agreement to stop forests being destroyed at a faster rate.
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.