The case studies in this report show that countries in the Global South are already excessively reliant on the use of conventional wood-based sources, especially charcoal, mainly for the production of heat and electricity. In the Global North there is a shift taking place, from fossil-based fuels to wood-based energy, and this is clearly evident in the UK, the US and Sweden. Thus demand for wood is likely to increase even further. The use of wood-based bioenergy urgently needs to be reevaluated within the context of a justice-based framework that prioritises meeting basic and health needs and avoiding ecological damage.
This edition of the Global Forest Coalition's newsletter, Forest Cover, focuses on the impacts of wood-based bioenergy on forests and forest peoples and is co-published with member group Biofuelwatch.
Not only is India’s coal expansion on the rise, so are efforts to acquire additional land (both forest and non-forest) for linked thermal power plants and related infrastructure. Juxtaposed with this expansion are living realities of people who have historically been dependent on forests and lands.
New figures collected by Global Witness on the killings of activists, journalists and community members who were defending rights to land and forests show the true, shocking extent of competition for access to natural resources.
Through case studies from around the world, this report provides on-the-ground experiences of community struggles to secure their traditional way of life which are based on their collective management of natural resources.
Investigates the underlying causes of deforestation and forest degradation.
This report shows that the combined expansion of soy, cattle ranching and sugarcane is placing huge pressures on Brazil’s highly biodiverse Amazon and Cerrado habitats.
Until monoculture tree plantations are excluded from certification the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) will continue to be a problem for local communities and the environment.
Describes some of the impacts of market-based conservation mechanisms such as certification, biodiversity offsets, ecotourism, bio-prospecting and carbon sinks.
This report shows how current strategies in the forest sector are simply not stopping the continued deforestation and degradation of the world’s remaining forests.
This report focuses on the ways in which so-called Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) would further devastate Africa’s forests, biodiversity and livelihoods.
This report analyses Cameroon’s customary land rights law, focusing on forestry legislation and comparing the situation in Cameroon to that in other African States.