Forest Governance archive
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?
Today marks a significant milestone for those who want to see an end to illegal logging around the world.
It’s the third anniversary of the European Union’s Timber Regulation.
The EU Timber Regulation (‘EUTR’) prohibits the introduction of illegally harvested timber on the EU market and requires ‘operators’ to exercise due diligence.
The forest code in the Republic of Congo is being revised. This summer, we met with forest communities in the north of the country to hear their opinion on what new drafts of the forest law should say. We want to ensure this opinion is reflected in new drafts.
Many European countries have adopted procurement policies to ensure that the timber they purchase is sourced from sustainably-managed forests using an agreed set of criteria.
There has traditionally been insufficient recognition of forest communities’ customary rights. However, upholding these rights could have a great impact on preserving forests and tackling climate change.
What does the law say about converting forest to other uses in Congo-Brazzaville?
Gabonese civil society has elected representatives for the platform working on anti-illegal logging pacts known as Voluntary Partnership Agreements.
Find out how the people we work with in Gabon are pushing for forest benefits to be shared equally.
Find out what Gabonese civil society thinks about a new sustainable development law, and what they’ve been doing to improve it.
France has a new weapon in the fight against illegal logging – find out more.
The road is finally open for a substantive improvement of forest governance in Gabon – see our Gabonese partners’ comments on the process in the video below.
Our video kit aims at informing and raising awareness of wider audiences of certain rights (access to information, participation and justice, ownership and usage rights and benefit sharing) that are particularly relevant in the context of legal reform in the forest sector.
Congolese civil society is working to protect forests and the people that depend on them. Legal assistant and working party group member Ines Mvoukani describes her experience.
For the past three years our forests team have been supporting Congolese civil society to engage in forest governance processes with government and industry. We assisted those working for sustainable forests, to help ensure they are managed with full participation of the communities that live in and around them.
ClientEarth associate Lilian talks about protecting indigenous people’s rights in the Republic of Congo, West Africa.
Can forest community management help protect people’s livelihoods and the planet?
Indigenous people met with government, business and campaigners to discuss forest protection in Central Africa.
Legal empowerment is helping Ghanaians like Sammy protect shea trees and people’s livelihoods.
Ghanaian activist Elvis describes how legal empowerment helps him protect forests and wildlife.
After almost two years of hard work alongside Gabonese Civil society, we’re celebrating a major achievement.
Scientists have discovered a peat bog the size of England in the Congo Basin – it could help us learn more about and fight climate change, but only if properly protected.