Dangote’s oil palm and pineapple plantations in Cross River National Park. Source: The politics of the forest frontier: Negotiating between conservation, development, and indigenous rights in Cross River State, Nigeria, George Christoffel Schoneveld, Land Use Policy, Volume 38

Giant new ag investments threaten expansion of illegal deforestation in Nigeria

Monday, July 17th, 2017

A corporation led by Africa’s richest man, which is already involved in the alleged illegal conversion of some of Nigeria’s few remaining areas of dense natural forest, has announced plans for a huge expansion of agricultural plantations in the country.

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Palm oil encroaching on protected areas in Chiapas, Mexico, driving “clandestine” deforestation

Thursday, June 29th, 2017

Illegal oil palm development is playing a leading role in deforestation in the Mexican state of Chiapas, according to a government source interviewed by a reporter for Mongabay.

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Indonesian government finances palm oil companies ignoring its laws

Thursday, June 29th, 2017

Three banks majority-owned by the state – Bank Mandiri, Bank Rakyat Indonesia and Bank Negara Indonesia – have ploughed billions of dollars into an industry that is systematically undermining the rule of law and efforts to repair Indonesia’s reputation as a climate villain in the wake of catastrophic forest fires.

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Ag drives deforestation in Atlantic Forests back to 2005 levels

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

New figures released by NGO SOS Mata Atlântica suggest there has been a 58 percent increase in the rate of deforestation in the Brazilian Atlantic Forest, a region rich in biodiversity and endemic species.

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Illegal palm oil concession generates flood of timber, greenwashed by Indonesia’s flagship certification scheme

Monday, June 26th, 2017

Timber from illegal palm oil concessions has been certified as ‘legal’ under Indonesia’s state forestry certification scheme, according to a new report from two NGOs.

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The EU Commission considers next steps to tackle deforestation and illegal logging

EU deforestation conference considers action on Bad Ag

Friday, June 23rd, 2017

Last week, the European Commission hosted a major conference on the subject of deforestation and illegal logging. Around 250 delegates from around the world attended the meeting, at which the EU released its latest thinking on the future steps it might take to tackle these problems. Foremost among them was action to address the role the world’s largest economic bloc plays in driving legal and illegal tropical deforestation through its purchases of forest risk commodities such as beef, palm oil and soy.

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Oil palm conversion in a planned National Park in Sarawak, Malaysia

Illegal deforestation and the flawed focus on corporate voluntary actions

Monday, June 12th, 2017

In a new essay, Earthsight’s Director Sam Lawson makes the case that corporate zero deforestation commitments don’t take sufficient account of illegalities and could be a dangerous distraction. He argues that those involved in pushing for, monitoring or implementing these commitments must throw their weight behind necessary actions by producer and consumer country governments

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Guatemalans wait for justice, two years on from toxic spill

Thursday, June 1st, 2017

The spill, linked to an oil palm plantation, killed thousands of fish and destroyed the plant life in the Pasión River, impacting the food security of thousands of local families.

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Papuan government “exercises its discretion” to encourage palm oil company to break the law

Tuesday, May 30th, 2017

The company at the heart of a controversial palm oil development in Papua has claimed that the provincial and district governments encouraged it to commit a criminal offence because they were “impatient” to see the project begin.

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Denounced by government and RSPO, Peruvian plantation continues

Friday, May 26th, 2017

Threats have reportedly been made against indigenous people whose territory has been occupied by an oil palm company, which continues to operate in spite of sanctions by the Peruvian government and a denouncement by the leading palm oil certification scheme.

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Stripping back of environmental protections could greenwash illegal commodities in the Brazilian Amazon

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017

Environmental enforcement agencies are being downsized and proposals have been tabled to reduce the size of protected areas by more than 30,000 square miles. Campaigners have described the plans as the biggest rollback of forest protections in two decades.

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Narco cash laundered into large-scale agriculture in Central America

Tuesday, May 16th, 2017

A new study comparing forest loss and cocaine busts supports the theory that drug money is being laundered into large-scale agriculture in Central America.

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Major US pension fund invested in illegal deforestation

Tuesday, May 16th, 2017

One of the largest pension funds in the USA has invested millions of dollars in the palm oil sector, including in companies repeatedly exposed for illegal deforestation, according to a new report.

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Fires burn on logs cleared from Cerrado forest, Santa Cruz, Bolivia © Jim Wickens, Ecostorm via Mighty Earth

Fires rage in Bolivia as illegal deforestation for beef and soy continues to surge

Thursday, April 27th, 2017

New data on land fires in Bolivia indicates that the surge in illegal forest conversion for large-scale commercial agriculture and cattle ranching seen since 2012 is accelerating. But despite this rapidly deteriorating situation, deforestation in Bolivia continues to receive scant international attention.

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80 per cent increase in deforestation in Brazilian conservation units linked to agribusiness and cuts to enforcement

Monday, April 24th, 2017

A recent study by the Brazilian environmental NGO Imazon has revealed that deforestation within conservation units in the Brazilian Amazon increased by 80% between 2012 and 2015, compared to a 35% increase in deforestation generally. A total of 237,000 hectares of forest was cleared within parks and other protected areas during the period 2012-2015, leading to the loss of 136 million trees.

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