A quarter of Brazil’s new congress tainted by campaign donations from illegal deforesters
Monday, March 4th, 2019
A quarter of Brazil’s new congress have reportedly received electoral campaign donations from illegal deforesters or individuals implicated in slave labour, says a new investigation by Repórter Brasil. IDM’s own research reveals the details of the forest crimes committed by some of the donors.
Tackling Bad Ag in Indonesia demands increased transparency, say NGOs, as yet another attempt to obtain information is ignored
Monday, February 25th, 2019
More than a year after a request for information was submitted, authorities in Aceh still have not released data about a plantation concession, ignoring a court decision and raising questions about its motives. The case follows similar behaviour by the Ministry of Agrarian Affairs and Spatial Planning, which continues to defy a Supreme Court order for more transparency.
SOCFIN under scrutiny over alleged abuses and malpractices in Africa despite pledges to clean up its act
Friday, February 22nd, 2019
Recent reports have shed light on land rights violations and other abuses allegedly committed by SOCFIN in Africa. Despite commitments made by the firm to change its behaviour, the reports reveal that communities affected by SOCFIN agricultural activities continue to face an uphill battle to have their land and human rights respected.
Indonesian anti-corruption body denounces deforestation license for oil palm giant found guilty of wrongdoing
Monday, February 18th, 2019
Indonesia’s anti-corruption body has asked the country’s Ministry of Environment and Forestry to review its decision to authorise the conversion of 10,000 hectares of forest in Buol district, Central Sulawesi, into oil palm plantations.
Nearly a quarter of Chaco deforestation potentially illegal, says Paraguay enforcement agency
Friday, February 15th, 2019
New data released by Paraguay’s environment enforcement agency reveals that nearly a quarter of all deforestation that took place in the Gran Chaco between August 2017 and August 2018 may have been illegal.
Family of North Sumatra Deputy Governor implicated in illegal conversion of protected forests into oil palm plantations
Wednesday, February 13th, 2019
Police has named Dodi Shah, younger brother of Deputy Governor of North Sumatra Musa Rajekshah, as a suspect in a case of illegal deforestation of protected areas for oil palm cultivation.
Oil palm expansion in Nicaragua threatening local communities and forest conservation
Monday, February 11th, 2019
In southeast Nicaragua a palm oil company has allegedly expanded its oil palm cultivations without the necessary environmental permits and driven local farmers to occupy lands at a protected area.
COMMENT: A Roadmap to Failure
Thursday, February 7th, 2019
Through its insatiable consumption of agro-commodities like soy, palm oil and beef, the EU is contributing to a global deforestation crisis. After stalling for years while it carried out study after study, 2019 is crunch time. Over the coming months, a decision will finally be made on what the EU intends to do about the problem. To have any chance of having an impact, it must include plans for legally binding regulation.
Illegal cattle ranching in protected area in Rondonia, Brazil, has wiped out nearly half its forests
Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019
Large-scale cattle ranchers are illegally rearing an estimated 100,000 heads of cattle at the Jaci-Paraná extractive reserve in the Amazonian state of Rondonia, causing the loss of nearly half the reserve’s forests. An investigation by O Eco has found that JBS has allegedly sourced livestock from illegal farms at the reserve.
Corruption and land trafficking in Peru’s Ucayali leading to deforestation for rice and palm
Friday, January 18th, 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.
Oil palm companies connected to land grabbing, illegal deforestation and industrial pollution in Latin America
Monday, January 14th, 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.
As EU demand for soy grows, illegal deforestation gathers pace in northern Argentina
Tuesday, January 8th, 2019
Despite a political backlash, illegal deforestation, driven by growing soy and beef production for international markets, has continued to gather pace in northern Argentina. Earthsight’s research shows that EU consumption of Argentinian soy increased by 40 percent in the five years to 2017.
Palm oil giant FGV sanctioned for forced labour and rights violations
Thursday, January 3rd, 2019
Malaysian palm oil giant FGV Holdings Berhad, formerly FELDA Global Ventures, has been sanctioned by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) for forced labour, possible trafficking in migrant workers, and numerous other violations of Malaysian labour laws.
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.
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.”