Forest Governance archive

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    International Day of Forests 2018

    On International Forests Day, we’re reflecting back on some of our achievements over the last year.

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    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.

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    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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    2017: A big year for Białowieża Forest – and the battle to protect it

    We started 2017 determined to do all we could to help save one of the most precious forests in Europe, the ancient Białowieża Forest.

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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.

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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.

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    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.

  • 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.

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    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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    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.

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    Victory for Bialowieza as UN body calls for halt to illegal logging

    UNESCO’s renewed call to halt logging in Bialowieza Forest is yet another stop sign for Poland’s Minister of Environment.

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    Dutch court clarifies industry responsibility under EU illegal logging law

    A Dutch court has ruled against a company which broke the EU Timber Regulation (EUTR).

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    UNESCO and EU pile pressure on Polish government over illegal logging in Bialowieza forest

    Pressure is mounting on the Polish government, as the UN and the European Commission are very worried about a huge, illegal increase of logging in Europe’s oldest forest.

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    Check needed to keep Bialowieza off World Heritage in Danger list – UNESCO advisors

    UN advisors have called on the Polish government to allow officials to check whether illegal logging means Bialowieza forest should go on the World Heritage in Danger list.

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    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.

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    Knowledge of law empowers communities negotiating with timber companies

    A new guide to help forest communities in Liberia negotiate with timber companies to share the benefits from harvesting has been launched this week.

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    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.

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    How can the law hold companies to their zero-deforestation commitments?

    Companies which make zero-deforestation commitments, but don’t take any action, could be held legally accountable under EU consumer protection law.

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    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.

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    A timeline to success: forest benefit sharing agreements in Gabon

    This timeline maps ClientEarth’s work with members of society in Gabon to secure Benefit Sharing Agreements.

  • 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.

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    Using forest law to defend community rights in the Republic of Congo

    We’re working with civil society in the Republic of Congo to strengthen draft forest laws to protect local communities’ rights.