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Profile of registrant


Identification number in the register: 40538475090-82
Registration date: 25/01/11 16:35:16

The information on this organisation was last modified on 02/01/14 12:57:23
The date of the last annual update was 02/01/14 12:57:23

Registrant : Organisation or self-employed individual

Name/company name: FERN
Legal status: Stichting
Website address:


Section: III - Non-governmental organisations
and more precisely: Non-governmental organisations, platforms and networks and similar

Person with legal responsibility

Surname, Name: Mr  Richard Wainwright
Position: Communications Manager

Permanent person in charge of EU relations

Surname, Name: Mr  Richard Wainwright
Position: Communications Manager

Contact details:

Contact details of organisation's head office: 26 Rue d'Edimbourg 
Brussels 1050
Telephone number: (+32) 2 894 4690
Fax number: (+) 
Other contact information: FERN also has a UK office:
United Kingdom
1c Fosseway Business Centre, Stratford Road, Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire GL56 9NQ, UK.
Tel: +44 1608 652 895
Fax: +44 1608 652 878

Goals / remit

Goals / remit of the organisation: FERN is a non-governmental organisation (NGO) created in 1995 to keep track of the European Union’s involvement in forests and coordinate NGO activities at the European level. Our work centres on forests and forest peoples’ rights and the issues that affect them such as trade and investment and climate change. All of our work is done in close collaboration with social and environmental organisations and movements across the world. The name FERN was chosen because ferns are one of the few species that grow in all forests.

FERN has no director and strives to make decisions by consensus. This drives our way of working which is to open rather than occupy space for dialogue on the issues that affect forests and the environment.

FERN has staffed offices in Brussels, Belgium, Moreton-in-Marsh, UK and an administrative office in Leiden, the Netherlands.

FERN’s Vision
FERN seeks a world in which environmental, social and economic justice is fully integrated at all levels and people have a voice in decisions affecting their lives and livelihoods.

FERN’s Mission
FERN’s mission is to achieve greater environmental and social justice, focusing on forests and forest peoples’ rights in the policies and practices of the European Union.

FERN’s Values
In striving to achieve its mission, FERN aims to be:

Collaborative: We are part of a global movement working for human rights and environmental justice. The individuals and organisations with whom we collaborate are partners and our relationship with them is mutually beneficial.

Evidence-based: Our positions and campaigns are based on active research.

Independent: FERN has a diverse funding base, meaning that our workplans are not tied to individual funders’ philosophies or public perceptions.

Challenging: FERN persistently questions established thinking about what can and can’t be achieved and responds positively with pro-active ways forward.

Inclusive: Both internally and externally we strive for transparent, consultative decision-making.
The organisation's fields of interests are:
  • global

Number of persons engaged in activities falling under the scope of the Transparency Register

Number of persons: 12
Complementary information: All staff's work is related to advocacy at the EU institutions and so all persons working for FERN are included here.

Persons accredited for access to European Parliament premises

First name Surname Start Date End Date
Linde Zuidema 03/12/14 01/12/15
Hannah Mowat 19/11/14 17/11/15
Marie-Ange Kalenga wa Bela Bela Tshabu 06/11/14 04/11/15


Main EU initiatives covered the year before by activities falling under the scope of the Transparency Register:

Climate change, the rights of forest peoples, European Forests.

Fields of interest for e-mail alerts on consultations and roadmaps;

Fields declared by the organisation:
  • Energy
  • Environment


Total number of members that are natural persons: 12
Number of member organisations: 0
Member organisations (Number of members) :
The organisation has members/is represented in the following country(countries):

Complementary information:


Information on (i) organisation's membership of any associations/federations/confederations or (ii) relationships to other bodies in formal or informal networks.

Forest Movement Europe, Accra Caucus, Community Rights Network, European Environmental Bureau, Export Credit Agency Watch.

Financial data

Financial year: 01/2012 - 12/2012
Total budget: 1,838,839
of which public financing: 1,274,866
- from European sources:
- Procurement:
- Grants: 1,274,866
- from national sources:
- from local/regional sources:
from other sources: 563,973
- donations:
- contributions from members:
private : 563,973
Estimated costs to the organisation directly related to representing interests to EU institutions in that year:
Other (financial) information provided by the organisation:

All our information is available in our annual report and on our website

Code of conduct

By its registration the organisation has signed the Transparency Register Code of Conduct.