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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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

Huge ag investments by Africa’s richest man 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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