Corruption and land trafficking in Peru’s Ucayali leading to deforestation for rice and palm

Wednesday, January 16th, 2019

Alleged criminal activity involving civil servants, government officials, judges and business owners in the eastern Peruvian region of Ucayali has been identified as a driver of deforestation in the area as illegally acquired forested lands are converted to palm and rice.

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Forced labour and rights violations proven in major palm oil producers supplying global brands

Wednesday, January 16th, 2019

Malaysian palm oil giant FGV Holdings Berhad, formerly FELDA Global Ventures, was sanctioned in late 2018 by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) for forced labour, possible trafficking in migrant workers, and numerous other violations of Malaysian labour laws.

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Soy and beef production drive deforestation in northern Argentina as local governments continue to come under fire for illegally serving agribusiness interests

Wednesday, January 16th, 2019

Illegal deforestation has continued to gather pace in northern Argentina despite a political backlash and a public campaign demanding that those responsible be held to account.

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Oil palm companies connected to land grabbing, illegal deforestation and industrial pollution in Latin America

Wednesday, January 16th, 2019

A Mongabay Latam series on the oil palm industry in several Latin American countries has revealed that the advance of oil palm monocultures has resulted in illegalities, deforestation, environmental pressures, and conflicts with local communities.

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BRAZIL IN FOCUS: What does Bolsonaro mean for ‘bad ag’ and the forests?

Thursday, December 6th, 2018

With an aggressive agribusiness lobby tapped into the political establishment, emboldened forest crooks, corruption scandals, legal threats to protected areas and rising deforestation rates, the picture for the forests of Brazil was already looking bleak. And then came Jair Bolsonaro. We spoke to experts from Brazil, the EU and US to find out what might happen next. But also, what can be done in response if levels of illegal – and legal – deforestation begin to rise as predicted.

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Q&A Juan Doblas: “We could reach a point of no return for the Amazon, but for now everything is up in the air”

Thursday, December 6th, 2018

“The simulation takes us back to deforestation rates pre-2000 levels. And the biggest problem is that we are not in 2000, we are at a turning point for the Amazon.”

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Q&A FUNAI: “The rhetoric alone is enough to have a negative impact”

Thursday, December 6th, 2018

“Up to what point would the government be willing to burn political capital on these issues, considering they will invest considerable political capital in other issues about the economy, public security…? That could be an advantage for environmental protection, at least initially.”

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Q&A Paulo Barreto, Imazon: “Bolsonaro’s discourse has already started certain trends, regardless of changes in regulations”

Thursday, December 6th, 2018

Paulo’s research is heavily focused on identifying the causes of deforestation and on how Brazil can improve the protection of the Amazon.

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Comment: Traders may face reputational risks as deforestation increases in Brazil

Thursday, December 6th, 2018

The changes to environmental regulations that are expected to occur with Jair Bolsonaro’s presidency in Brazil will increase pressure on consumer goods companies, traders and investors to take additional measures to limit their exposure to deforestation, writes Matt Piotrowski of Climate Advisers.

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Boss of world’s largest meat processor arrested again in Brazil in connection with another corruption scandal

Thursday, December 6th, 2018

In early November the Brazilian Federal Police arrested Joesley Batista in connection with Operation Car Wash, one of the largest corruption scandals in Latin American history. Batista is a member of the family that founded JBS, the world’s largest meat processor. The police also arrested Ricardo Saud, a former director at J&F Investimentos, the company that controls JBS, and two former Agriculture Ministers as part of investigations into a graft scheme involving JBS and the Ministry.

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Scientists estimate that deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon could triple under Bolsonaro

Thursday, December 6th, 2018

Simulations conducted by a group of researchers at Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research (INPE) point to a potentially devastating surge in deforestation in the Amazon if the president-elect carries out his most radical promises to undermine environmental and indigenous protections.

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Brazilian Amazon hit by worst deforestation rate in a decade

Thursday, December 6th, 2018

Preliminary figures released by the Brazilian government reveal that deforestation in the Amazon has reached its highest rate in a decade, with the Environment Minister Edson Duarte blaming “organised crime”.

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Battles over the future of protected areas in Rondonia provide a taste of the upcoming struggle to save native forests in Brazil

Thursday, December 6th, 2018

Rondonia, one of Brazil’s most deforested Amazonian states, has been locked in a political and legal battle between its executive and legislative branches over the future of newly-created protected areas.

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Were deforestation and violence in election period a sign of things to come?

Thursday, December 6th, 2018

During Brazil’s latest electoral cycle the country’s media and civil society reported a series of attacks against indigenous leaders and environmental enforcement agencies, as well as an uptick in deforestation in the Amazon. Could these be manifestations of ordinary election fever or the first signs of a new offensive against Brazil’s forests and those who protect them?

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