Forest Governance archive

  • Honduras forest workshop brings together government and indigenous people

    Civil society, government, indigenous people and others came together to discuss forest protection mechanism REDD+ at a recent ClientEarth workshop in Honduras.

  • ClientEarth organises its first workshop in Latin America

    The Climate and Forest team has held ClientEarth’s first workshop in Latin American, focusing on stakeholder participation and capacity building.

  • Man walking in rainforest in Gabon

    Our focus country work in Gabon

    Compared to other countries in the region, deforestation rates in Gabon remain at a relatively low level. However, unsustainable commercial logging and other industrial activities threaten the environment and livelihoods of forest-dependent communities.

  • Forest team talks safeguards in Guatemala

    Climate and forests Latin America lawyer Daniela Rey talks about emissions reduction in Guatemala – learn more here!

  • Footprinting studies show the EU is (over)filling its boots

    Studies of the EU’s consumption footprint show we’re getting too big for our boots.

  • The EU Timber Regulation and VPAs: Your questions answered

    ClientEarth’s Q&A is designed to elaborate on how the EU Timber Regulation and Voluntary Partnership Agreements will operate and interact in practice.

  • International Day of the World’s Indigenous People

    The United Nations (UN) International Day of the World’s Indigenous People is observed on 9th August each year to promote and protect the rights of indigenous people.

  • On the need for REDD+ safeguards as carbon credit dealers move into forests and threaten indigenous rights

    With the increasing probability of incorporating REDD+ into carbon credit trading schemes and creating a financial value for carbon, entrepreneurs and organisations have gone into forests to sign agreements with indigenous groups. However, regulation has not kept pace and some unscrupulous individuals have taken advantage of indigenous groups.

  • Gabon: Who does our country belong to?

    Gabonese NGO Brainforest organised a workshop in Gabon last week to try to answer this question and many others. The workshop mainly discussed land rights in Gabon, bringing together members of civil society and other stakeholders.

  • E-paper: the promise of a “paperless future” – a new false solution?

    An alternative technology for display known as e-paper developed by Plastic Logic arguably could reduce our consumption of pulp and paper. But will it? And if so, will there be other environmental costs?

  • Blogging logging: The EU Timber Regulation today

    The EU Timber Regulation is designed to address the problem of illegal logging from a ‘demand-side’ perspective by restricting its access to the EU market.

  • From Durban to Qatar: Outlook for REDD+ in 2012

    Last year in Durban, the Parties to the United Nations Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) failed to provide significant additional clarity and positive incentives on issues relating to Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD).

  • Civil society gets to grips with forest governance in the Republic of Congo

    In the Republic of Congo, the civil society platform for the sustainable management of forests has just held a three day workshop, (from 19-21 January 2012).

  • Why are strong procedural rights crucial to securing community rights to the land?

    ClientEarth met with two Fang communities in the north of Gabon to study the land tenure regime in the Woleu-Ntem province’s rural areas. What is striking is that so few people have so far secured legal ownership over their lands. Why?

  • A closer look at our work with local communities in Gabon

    ClientEarth is engaged in working with forest communities and civil society in Africa to offer legal and strategic support to secure communities’ rights and promote fair and sustainable management of forests and land.

  • Missing ingredients in REDD+: a brief overview of proposed REDD+ text for adoption by COP17

    Last year in Cancun, the Parties to the United Nations Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) agreed on a set of 7 social and environmental safeguards to ensure that REDD+ activities do not adversely affect human rights and biodiversity and promote multiple benefits.

  • REDD+ Safeguards Sticking Points: The Top Negotiation Issues in COP17

    Recommendations for ensuring that the design of the Safeguards Information System (SIS) is transparent, participatory and accurate.

  • Expectations for Durban: taking steps to ensure the effective implementation of REDD+ safeguards

    As State Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Kyoto Protocol (KP) prepare to meet at the Conference of the Parties in Durban, South Africa, from November 28 to December 9, we expect they will be moving forward towards a decision on REDD+.

  • ClientEarth in Cameroon – Part two

    Nathalie Faure and Feja Lesniewska report from Douala, Cameroon, about the workshop ‘How can community control of forest lands be secured, delivered and maintained?’

  • ClientEarth in Cameroon

    ClientEarth’s Feja Lesniewska and Nathalie Faure describe arriving in Cameroon for a workshop on forest law in Africa.

  • Brazil approves bill to amend Forest Code

    Brazil’s lower house approval of a bill that will amend the Forest Code is extremely disappointing.

  • Deforestation of Brazil’s Amazon will continue to rise if legislation and policies persist on promoting it

    Recent reports indicate that deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon is not slowing down. In fact, it has jumped almost sixfold in the March-April period of this year, according to satellite images taken by the National Institute of Space Research.

  • Climate change voices and choices

    Daniela Rey one of our Climate & Forest Lawyers from Chile gives her take on the opportunities for South American countries in climate negotiations.

  • Cancun: reaching the roots

    Over the past week and a half world attention has focused on Cancun where representatives from 192 countries are gathered for talks to achieve a deal on tackling climate change.