The Ucayali river winds through Amazon rainforest in Peru. Image: Peruvian Ministry of the Environment

Killings highlight risks of land trafficking and corruption in Peruvian Amazon

Monday, September 18th, 2017

The slaughter of six farmers in the Peruvian Amazon has placed a spotlight on issues of land grabbing, corruption and illegal deforestation in the eastern region of Ucayali. The farmers, members of the Bello Paraiso Association of Agriculturalists, were tied up, tortured and shot by a group of between 20 and 40 assailants. The attack stemmed from a dispute over the ownership of agricultural land in the area, with local farmers and press reports blaming land traffickers.

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Devastated rainforest in Ivory Coast. Image courtesy of Mighty Earth

World’s biggest chocolate manufacturers driving rampant deforestation in Ivory Coast

Friday, September 15th, 2017

The global chocolate trade is driving widespread illegal deforestation in Ivory Coast, according to a recent investigation which traced the cocoa supply chain from plantations in protected areas to chocolate manufacturers including Nestlé, Mars, Ferrero and Mondelez.

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Around 85% of PNG’s population live in rural villages. Under PNG law, they have legal rights to their customary land and
the forests that grow on it. Photo: Fábio Erdos/Global Witness

Papua New Guinea’s government resurrects zombie ag licenses

Monday, September 11th, 2017

The government of Papua New Guinea appears to have turned the notion of post-truth politics into an art form, making so many inconsistent claims on the legal status of the plethora of fraudulently issued plantation licenses in the country that it seems prudent to ask whether it knows where the truth lies anymore.

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Toucan in Macaw Nature Park, Honduras. Photo by Lauri Vain

Spread of palm oil threatens protected areas in Honduras

Thursday, August 31st, 2017

An investigation into palm oil plantations in Honduras has shown how growing demand for the crop combines with non-existent enforcement to incentivise illegal clearances in national parks.

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UK supermarkets found stocking beef linked to illegal deforestation in Brazil

Thursday, August 31st, 2017

A recent case study suggests the EU is failing in its promises to tackle its role in driving tropical forest destruction. British supermarket chains were found to be stocking corned beef from a firm fined millions of dollars for purchasing cattle reared on illegally deforested land in Brazil. Meanwhile, European imports of beef from the Latin American country are rising in lockstep with the deforestation rate.

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Fire set to clear peatland in Indonesia. Photo by Rhett A. Butler for Mongabay

Firms filmed exploiting peatland forest in West Kalimantan

Tuesday, August 29th, 2017

An Indonesian company and its Chinese partner have pushed ahead with an industrial wood plantation in a forest in Borneo, flouting a moratorium on the drainage and exploitation of Indonesia’s peatlands.

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The remains of a burnt tree in East Kalimantan, Indonesia. Photo: Josh Estey/AusAID, used under Creative Commons license

Indonesian government failing to collect more than $1 billion in deforestation fines

Friday, August 25th, 2017

The Indonesian government is failing to make firms convicted of illegal deforestation pay more than US$1 billion in fines, hampering efforts to restore the peat and forest habitats damaged by their operations.

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One million hectares of oil palm “beyond effective control by government” in Indonesian province

Monday, August 21st, 2017

Wiratno, Director General of Ecosystem and Natural Resources Conservation of the Environment and Forestry Ministry, told a seminar that the plantations were occupying the ‘forest estate’ without permission of the central government.

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Logging in Papua New Guinea. Image courtesy of Global Witness

Ten U.S. firms exposed to timber sourced from illegally issued ag licenses in Papua New Guinea

Thursday, August 10th, 2017

Ten US companies may be selling wood flooring made with timber sourced from illegal clearances of indigenous land in Papua New Guinea, according to a new report from Global Witness.

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The five forest blocks analysed in WCS's forthcoming study. Image courtesy for the Wildlife Conservation Society.

Illicit cattle ranching drives 23 percent decline in Central America’s three biggest forest blocks

Monday, August 7th, 2017

The three largest forest blocks in Central America have shrunk by 23 percent in the past 15 years, almost entirely due to illegal cattle ranching, according to a forthcoming study by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS).

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Tree clearing Olvie Vale, Cape York, Queensland, courtesy of the Wilderness Society

Unauthorised clearances highlight environmental “crisis” in Queensland, Australia

Monday, July 31st, 2017

More than 130 hectares of trees have been cleared by a cattle rancher in Queensland, Australia, despite a government minister ordering an end to the deforestation in 2015. The deforestation is part of a broader crisis in the state after the environmental protections governing clearances were weakened in 2013.

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Cattle grazing on deforested land in Brazil

Inadequate enforcement enables illegalities to flourish in Brazil’s beef supply chain

Thursday, July 27th, 2017

Cattle from illegally deforested land plays a significant role in Brazil’s domestic beef supply chain, as an absence of clear tracking data enables ranchers to move cattle from illegal land to legally registered properties shortly before selling them to slaughter houses.

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Aerial view of the recently land clearing by PT. Agra Bumi Niaga. Peunaron Village. East Aceh, Indonesia. 13/01/2017

Latitude: 4° 34' 1.062" N
Longitude: 97° 41' 11.73" E

Corporate giants exposed to palm oil sourced from illegal clearances of Sumatran rainforest

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

Some of the world’s biggest consumer brands may have sourced palm oil from illegally deforested land on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, according to an investigation by the Rainforest Action Network.

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IBAMA, the Brazilian environmental enforcement agency, carries out an operation on the banks of the Jamanxim River. Photo: IBAMA, used under the Creative Commons license

Rollback of environmental protections stokes violence in the Brazilian Amazon

Monday, July 24th, 2017

The rollback of environmental protections in Brazil continued through July, with campaigners warning that the changes encourage land grabs, illegal deforestation, and violence against activists and enforcement officials.

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Bullock enclosure located within the Indio Maiz Biological Reserve

Indigenous stewards identify growing threat posed by ranchers within Nicaraguan forest reserve

Friday, July 21st, 2017

The indigenous government which manages 70 percent of a Nicaraguan reserve the size of Luxembourg has condemned illegal deforestation by ranchers seeking land for pasture.

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