Fern is a non-governmental organisation (NGO) and a Dutch Stichting created in 1995 to keep track of the European Union’s involvement in forests and coordinate NGO activities at the European level. Their work centres on forests and forest peoples’ rights and the issues that affect them such as trade and investment and climate change. All of Fern's work is done in close collaboration with social and environmental organisations and movements across the world.
ODS supported Fern's role as the coordinator of ECA Watch, a global network of NGOs campaigning to improve standards on public financing through export credit agencies. ODS' role in this instance was to facilitate a strategy meeting to evaluate the ECA Watch network, explore future bases for common ground amongst its members and plan for the future.