“Process” preventing PNG government from slaying zombie plantation licenses

Thursday, January 18th, 2018

Papua New Guinea’s Land Minister has said that “process” is delaying the cancellation of devastating and illegal licenses, one year after the country’s Prime Minister claimed they had already been cancelled.

Read More

Illegal deforestation hit big ag firms where it hurt – in the pocket

Friday, December 22nd, 2017

A new analysis of three major agricultural firms implicated in illegal deforestation reveals how it affected profitability, led to multi-billion dollar decline in market capitalisation and huge losses for investors.

Read More

Colombian community activist who stood up to plantation firms is shot dead

Friday, December 22nd, 2017

Hernan Bedoya defended the collective land rights of Afro-Colombian farmers as well as local biodiversity in the face of palm oil and industrial agriculture expansion. He was allegedly shot dead by a neo-paramilitary group on Friday, December 5.

Read More

Big ag trader drops Guatemalan firm linked to toxic spill

Thursday, December 21st, 2017

The US agribusiness giant Cargill has suspended its business relationship with a Guatemalan oil palm firm that caused a massive toxic spill, impacted the food security of thousands of families and then sought to block their access to justice.

Read More

Shots fired at environmental defenders in Peru

Thursday, December 21st, 2017

Shots were reportedly fired at members of a community and indigenous peoples’ organisation investigating land invasions by an oil palm company in Peru earlier this month.

Read More

Illegal plantations threaten Sumatran tiger with extinction

Thursday, December 7th, 2017

A study examined 15 landscapes on the island of Sumatra that provide habitat for the tiger and found that a fifth of the forest cover had been lost since 2000, largely due to palm oil plantations.

Read More

New data indicate deforestation in Indonesia is reaching record highs

Thursday, November 30th, 2017

Forest loss in Indonesia is reaching the highest levels since detailed measurements began according to new data published this week by the World Resources Institute, amid weak law enforcement and a failure to address the root causes of the crisis. Total tree cover loss was recorded as 2.4 million hectares in 2016, up from 1.7m ha in 2015 and exceeding the previous record, set in 2012.

Read More

Indonesian state court failing to enforce $26 million Supreme Court palm oil fine

Thursday, November 30th, 2017

A state court in Indonesia is failing to enforce a Supreme Court ruling requiring a palm oil firm to pay US$26.5 million for illegal clearing with fire in the Tripa Peat Swamp, a vital orangutan habitat in the Leuser Ecosystem.

Read More

Worker exploitation still widespread on Indofood palm plantations

Tuesday, November 28th, 2017

A new report has exposed allegations of ongoing worker exploitation by Indonesian food giant Indofood, the country’s sole producer of PepsiCo branded snack food.

Read More

Queensland farmers accused of defying federal order to cease clearances

Monday, November 27th, 2017

Farmers in Queensland are suspected of defying a federal government order to cease clearing land in a barrier reef catchment area which hosts several endangered species.

Read More

Agribusiness responsible for bulk of offshore companies set up by Bolivian firms, Panama Papers investigation finds

Monday, November 20th, 2017

A new Panama Papers investigation has revealed that the Bolivian agribusiness sector, long plagued by illegalities, has made extensive use of offshore accounts to avoid paying taxes.

Read More

Local government collusion with criminal gangs undermining Amazon protections, enforcement chief tells climate delegates

Thursday, November 16th, 2017

Collusion between local authorities and criminal gangs is exacerbating illegal deforestation in the Amazon, the head of environmental law enforcement in Brazil has told delegates at the COP 23 climate conference. His comments came two weeks after the latest series of assaults on agencies tasked with protecting the Brazilian Amazon.

Read More

Queensland deforestation crisis building to a “tsunami”, conservationists warn

Monday, November 13th, 2017

New figures show that deforestation in Queensland jumped 33 percent in 2015-16, due in part to the failure of the federal government to crack down on illegal clearing.

Read More

Wave of deforestation and land conflict threatens Colombia in wake of peace deal

Friday, November 10th, 2017

Colombia’s forests are facing an uncertain future as the disbandment of guerrilla group FARC opens previous no-go areas to business and agriculture. Deforestation increased by 44 percent in 2016, with most illegal clearances concentrated in remote rainforest areas previously controlled by the guerrilla fighters. Elsewhere, land conflict has already broken out in former FARC strongholds.

Read More

Illegal deforestation drives dramatic rise in Brazilian emissions, eclipsing effects of recession

Tuesday, October 31st, 2017

Illegal deforestation drove the biggest increase in Brazilian greenhouse gas emissions for 13 years in 2016, despite a severe recession leading to lower emissions from nearly every sector save agriculture.

Read More