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.

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Local government collusion with criminal gangs undermining Amazon protections, law 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 Brazilian environmental law enforcement 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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“Illegal” decree strips protection from area of forest the size of Belgium, used by Paraguayan President to authorise clearance on own ranch

Monday, October 30th, 2017

The President of Paraguay issued a potentially illegal decree freeing ranchers to accelerate the already catastrophically high rate of deforestation in the country’s Chaco region, then immediately used it to clear forest on his own ranch, an investigation by newspaper ABC Color has revealed.

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Bad ag campaigner arbitrarily detained in Cameroon

Friday, October 27th, 2017

A campaigner who led community opposition against a controversial palm oil plantation in Cameroon has been arrested, amid growing political tensions in the West African nation.

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Brazilian President cancels $1.5 billion of outstanding illegal deforestation fines

Thursday, October 26th, 2017

Brazil’s President has issued an executive order revoking 60 percent of outstanding environmental fines imposed on ranchers and agribusiness for illegally clearing forest on their land.

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New bad ag projects threaten Peruvian Amazon

Thursday, October 19th, 2017

Analysis of satellite imagery has unearthed evidence of rapid, industrial-style forest clearance in an area of the Peruvian Amazon where six farmers were recently assassinated.

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Criminal law left in limbo as illegal clearances continue in Argentina

Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

A proposed law that would introduce criminal penalties for illegal deforestation in Argentina is being deliberately held up by government officials, Greenpeace has claimed, while the NGO’s latest monitoring report records more than 19,000 hectares of illegal clearance between January and June 2017.

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Cambodian NGO protesting land grab by government senator forced to close

Friday, October 13th, 2017

The Cambodian Interior Ministry has temporarily shut down a land rights NGO that was supporting communities engaged in a dispute with a firm owned by a government senator.

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Ghana’s outdated forestry laws allow deforestation for ag with impunity, study finds

Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

Flaws in the regulatory framework governing forests in Ghana are contributing to extensive clearances for mining and agriculture, a study examining the country’s forestry laws has found.

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Climate policy expert calls on EU to act on “imported deforestation”

Thursday, September 28th, 2017

The former head of UN climate negotiations has used a speech in Brussels to demand the EU acts to stop its agricultural imports driving global deforestation.

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Plantation firms defy moratorium to continue clearing Sumatran rainforest

Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

Oil palm plantation firms are continuing to clear rainforest in the Leuser ecosystem on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, in defiance of a moratorium on deforestation. Leuser lost 3,941 hectares of forest cover between January and July 2017, according to local watchdog Forest, Nature and Environment of Aceh (HAkA).

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Most slaughterhouses in Brazilian Amazon operating without commitment to monitor their supply chains

Tuesday, September 26th, 2017

Over half of the slaughterhouses in the Brazilian Amazon are failing to monitor the farms that supply them with cattle, flooding domestic and international markets with beef of unknown origin from a country beleaguered by illegal ranching.

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