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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 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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Parliament resolves to tackle EU’s role in driving illegal deforestation through imports of agro-commodities

Friday, April 21st, 2017

On 4th April, the EU Parliament passed a ‘Resolution’ calling for action by the world’s largest economic bloc to urgently address tropical deforestation, including regulations to address the EU’s role in driving the destruction through its imports of agricultural commodities grown on illegally deforested land.

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Booming beef exports fuel forest clearances and violence in Nicaragua’s Bosawás Reserve

Saturday, April 15th, 2017

Booming beef exports are fuelling illegal land sales, forest clearances and violent conflict in Nicaragua’s Bosawás Biosphere Reserve, home to one of Central America’s last remaining pockets of Intact Forest Landscape.

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Operation reveals that most large farms in Brazil’s Atlantic Forest are guilty of illegal deforestation

Tuesday, April 11th, 2017

Farmers have illegally cleared over 1,350 hectares of Atlantic Forest for agriculture and cattle ranching in the southern Brazilian state of Paraná. The organisation SOS Mata Atlântica reported that, of the 241 large farms that were inspected, 222 had committed some kind of illegality. It claimed that the authorities registered a total of 94 illegalities directly related to deforestation within the properties.

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Illegal deforestation for avocado production in Mexico spreads as US relaxes import controls

Monday, April 3rd, 2017

Mexican authorities revealed this week that pine forests have been illegally felled to make way for an avocado plantation in a nature reserve in the country’s Mexico state. Dramatic growth in avocado production is predicted in the state following the relaxation of import controls in the US, which until mid-2016 permitted only fruit from neighbouring Michoacán state to be traded.

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World’s largest beef producer fined after buying cattle raised on illegally deforested land in Brazil

Monday, March 27th, 2017

JBS, the world’s largest beef producer, has bought livestock raised in illegally deforested areas in the state of Para, according to a recent investigation by IBAMA, the Brazilian environment agency. Greenpeace has cut ties with the company, a pioneer of ‘zero deforestation’ pledges, as a result.

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Swiss banks bankrolling illegal deforestation in Africa and East Asia

Friday, March 24th, 2017

A new report has exposed links between Swiss banks and some of the world’s largest palm oil plantation companies. Earthsight has reviewed the findings and shown that most of these firms have been involved in illegal deforestation.

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Brazilian criminal deforestation network still active despite arrests and embargo

Monday, March 20th, 2017

Members of a sophisticated criminal gang arrested last year for clearing 30,000 hectares of public forest in Brazil are not in prison, are yet to be given a trial date, and are still fattening cattle on the land they illegally occupied.

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Regulators collude with farmers to legalise illegal plots within indigenous reservation in Brazil

Saturday, March 18th, 2017

An indigenous people forced by government inaction to defend their land from illegal invaders have discovered a video which shows the same public officials charged with protecting their rights colluding with the land grabbers and loggers they had been fighting against.

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