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Identification number in the register: 40538475090-82
Registration date: 25/01/2011 16:35:16

The information on this entity was last modified on: 17/02/2015 14:48:07
The date of the last annual update was: 17/02/2015 14:48:07
Next update due latest on: 17/02/2016

    Registrant : Organisation or self-employed individual



    Section of registration

III - Non-governmental organisations

Non-governmental organisations, platforms and networks and similar

    Contact details

Rue d'Edimbourg, 26
Brussels 1050

(+32) 2 894 4690

    Person with legal responsibility

Mr  Richard Wainwright

Communications Manager

    Person in charge of EU relations

Mr  Richard Wainwright

Communications Manager

    Goals / remit

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.


    Specific activities covered by the Register

Forest strategy







Forest Strategy; EU policies on Climate change, and specifically REDD+; Seventh Environmental Action Plan; Bio-energy related legislation; EC Development Aid.

    Number of persons involved in the activities described in the box above

100%: 10   75%: 1   50%: 2  



All FERN's work aims to make the EU work for people and forests.

    Persons accredited for access to European Parliament premises

First name Surname Start Date End Date
Marie-Ange KALENGA WA BELA BELA TSHABU 06/11/2014 04/11/2015
Linde ZUIDEMA 03/12/2014 01/12/2015
Hannah MOWAT 19/11/2014 17/11/2015
Lindsay DUFFIELD 19/02/2015 17/02/2016
Julia CHRISTIAN 28/02/2015 26/02/2016

    Fields of interest

  • Agriculture and Rural Development
  • Climate Action
  • Development
  • Energy
  • Environment
  • Food Safety

    Membership and affiliation



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

    Financial data

01/2013  -  12/2013

500,000 € - 599,999 €

3,251,703 €

2,923,734 €


1,308,000 €

European Commission

1,265,648 €

350,086 €

327,969 €

327,969 €

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.