As European demand for its cocoa surges, illegal deforestation threatens to destroy “critical forest corridor” in Nigeria

Friday, May 31st, 2019

Cross River State, home to some of Nigeria’s last remaining tropical rainforest and critically endangered gorillas, faces unprecedented threats from illegal deforestation for cocoa, an NGO in the region has warned.

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EU needs new laws to ban global deforestation in product supply chains – survey

Thursday, May 23rd, 2019

New regulation is needed to ensure products sold in the European Union do not contribute to global deforestation, according to 87 per cent of European residents surveyed in a new continent-wide poll.

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Brazilian authorities bust corruption scheme behind “extensive” illegal deforestation for cattle in the Amazon

Friday, May 17th, 2019

Brazilian authorities have arrested more than a dozen law enforcement agents and cattle ranchers over corruption, money laundering and illegal deforestation in the Amazon. The criminal group is also accused of land grabbing and violent acts against local residents.

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Malaysian politician under fire for suspect oil palm deal near UNESCO site that led to alleged illegal deforestation

Monday, May 13th, 2019

Sarawak Governor Abdul Taib Mahmud is accused of granting ‘extraordinarily favourable’ leases to an oil palm firm with close ties to his son which later allegedly carried out illegal deforestation of timber without licences or consent from communities.  

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Governor and businessmen in Colombia accused of land grabbing and illegal deforestation

Wednesday, May 8th, 2019

Local civil servants and small farmers in Guaviare have accused the politcian, large landowners and businessmen of land grabbing and illegal deforestation for oil palm cultivation.

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Bad beef: UK supermarkets feed illegal deforestation fears as corned beef imports from corruption-hit Brazilian firm persist

Sunday, May 5th, 2019

Sainsbury’s, Asda, Lidl and Carrefour are among the international brands potentially fueling illegal deforestation in Brazil’s cattle industry as they continue to stock corned beef from a firm implicated in numerous environmental and human rights abuses.

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Oil palm expansion in the Philippines leading to illegal deforestation and rights violations, CALG says

Monday, April 29th, 2019

In the province of Palawan, indigenous communities and civil society have denounced illegal clearing of pristine forests and indigenous rights violations by oil palm companies.

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Bolloré loses defamation appeal against media company that exposed SOCFIN’s rights violations in Cameroon

Monday, April 22nd, 2019

The Bolloré Group loses appeal of its defamation case against France Télévisions. Bolloré had sued the media company after it aired a documentary in 2016 about Vincent Bolloré, one of the group’s main shareholders and one of France’s richest and best known businessmen.

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Europe must not be complicit in Bolsonaro’s attacks on forests, NGO coalition says

Monday, April 15th, 2019

On 10 April, marking 100 days since far-right President Jair Bolsonaro came to power, Fern published a briefing – endorsed by 25 international organisations – calling on the EU and its member states to guarantee they will not be complicit in Bolsonaro’s dismantling of environmental protections in Brazil.

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French retailers failing to comply with due diligence law for soy imports, NGOs say

Thursday, April 11th, 2019

Some of France’s leading soy buying firms – including big brands like Burger King, E.Leclerc and Lidl – are failing to adequately monitor their supply chains in Latin America despite a due diligence law requiring them to do so, a new report from environmental groups has claimed. 

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Bolivia approves GM soy cultivation for biofuel use, stoking fears of more illegal forest loss

Tuesday, April 9th, 2019

Bolivia is to persist with an alarming upward trend of forest loss, more than 50% of which was illegal in 2017, after the government authorised cultivation of genetically modified soy for biofuel production.

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IN-DEPTH: One year after Coming Storm, temporary halt in deforestation not an end to Congo basin’s threats

Thursday, April 4th, 2019

One year ago Earthsight published Coming Storm, showing that a toxic mix of dodgy firms, impunity and collusion in the plantation sector threatened to consign Congo rainforests to the same fate as Southeast Asia and the Amazon. Since then, Earthsight’s report has helped trigger some positive action by companies, though the persistence of low palm and rubber prices have been the main factor preventing an acceleration of the destruction. Our new research shows that a number of firms have halted clearing, with one company pressured to do so following divestment by the world’s largest sovereign wealth fund. On the other hand, Earthsight has found new links between a palm firm in the Central African Republic and a warlord facing trial for crimes against humanity. And the underlying secrecy and lack of government transparency remain as bad as ever.

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Not a single company on track to meet 2020 zero-deforestation deadline, says Global Canopy

Wednesday, March 27th, 2019

The latest Forest 500 report makes it clear that no palm oil, soy, cattle or timber company that has committed to eliminate deforestation from their supply chains by 2020 will meet that goal. This should come as no surprise to IDM readers who have followed a spate of reports of environmental crimes and other violations committed in recent months by even some of the rank’s best scoring companies. The results come in the wake of mounting criticism by NGOs of the EU’s focus on voluntary action by the private sector as a means of addressing its role in driving tropical deforestation.

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Military open fire on communities protesting oil palm development in DRC

Friday, March 22nd, 2019

Tensions between local communities in DRC and Canadian oil palm company Feronia have escalated in recent months following a complaint presented last year to the company’s international financial backers. Affected communities have denounced displacement and occupation of their ancestral lands.

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Amazon deforestation continues to rise as prominent figures warn that Bolsonaro is seeking to turn indigenous people into slave labour for Big Ag

Monday, March 18th, 2019

Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon has continued to rise compared to a year ago, when forest loss had already reached decade-high levels. Since coming to power, President Jair Bolsonaro has taken controversial steps to undermine environmental and indigenous protections, an approach that has been compared to that of Brazil’s military dictatorship. Current efforts to legalise agribusiness activity on indigenous lands promise to unleash hard battles for the preservation of the Amazon.

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