Still from undercover footage showing public officials meeting land grabbers

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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Palm oil expansion in Philippines threatens return to illegal clearances

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

Campaigners are warning of massive palm oil expansion in the Philippine province of Palawan, threatening a return to the illegal forest clearances for palm oil that were documented between 2013 and 2015.

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Aerial view of recent land clearing by PT. Agra Bumi Niaga in January 2017. Photo credit: Nanang Sujana / RAN

Palm oil firm with links to international trade illegally fells elephant habitat

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017

An investigation by the US-based non-profit Rainforest Action Network has found evidence of illegal clearance of critically endangered Sumatran elephant habitat in the Leuser Ecosystem, in the far west of Indonesia.

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Revealed: the carbon time-bomb inside the world’s largest tropical peatland

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

The world’s largest tropical peatland has recently been discovered in the swamp forests of the Congo Basin. By far the largest current threat to this uniquely valuable ecosystem is a giant concession issued to Malaysian firm Atama Plantation for the development of palm oil. This company has been repeatedly found to be operating illegally.

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Brazilian presidential decree “a Christmas present to land grabbers”

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017

New analysis published by the NGO Imazon has found that the downgrading of protection for a huge area of rainforest last December was “a Christmas present to land grabbers”, which will encourage them to continue to illegally occupy land throughout the Amazon.

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Soy farmers abuse agrarian reform to bulldoze forests in Mato Grosso

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017

According to local settlers ithe Gleba Mercedes’ collective reserve has been illegally cleared by soy farmers using the correntão – a 100-metre long chain pulled by tractors that knocks down all forest in its path.

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Brazilian state redirects smallholder land to big ag

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

Land in Brazil’s least developed state is being illegally redistributed to large-scale agribusiness, threatening a wave of deforestation, according to a farmers’ rights group.

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Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary (c)Edward Pollard-WCS

Cambodian official implicated in illegal forest clearing scandal

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

The Director of a rural development department in one of Cambodia’s eastern provinces has illegally cleared forest inside the Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary to plant cashew trees and other crops, according to authorities.

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Cambodian government awards sawmill license to ag firm operating in protected area

Tuesday, February 14th, 2017

The Cambodian Ministry of Agriculture has granted a sawmill license to a company previously implicated in illegal logging, which operates an agricultural concession issued inside a protected area.

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False documents facilitate illegal sale of land in Brazilian indigenous reserve

Monday, February 13th, 2017

Deforestation of an indigenous reserve in the Brazilian state of Rondonia has intensified after false documents were allegedly drawn up to illegally sell off pockets of land for agriculture.

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Greenpeace denounces amnesty to illegal cattle ranchers in Brazil’s Jamanxim National Forest

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

The Brazilian government has watered-down the protection afforded to Jamanxim, in a move Greenpeace describes as a further amnesty for people illegal clearing rainforest.

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Politician’s son named as suspect in illegal land clearing case in Indonesia

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

The son of a local parliament chief has been named a suspect over illegal land clearing in the Singkil Swamp Wildlife Reserve, a protected area in Indonesia that is home to the densest population of Sumatran orangutans.

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Source: La Gaceta, Protected area deforestation by La Moraleja.

Greenpeace uncovers illegal deforestation of more than 40,000 hectares of protected forests in Argentina

Friday, January 27th, 2017

Satellite image analysis released by Greenpeace this month has detected the illegal deforestation of more than 40,000 hectares of protected forest in Argentina between January and December 2016. Coca-Cola is linked to part of this deforestation as its lemon juice supplier, La Moraleja S.A, is responsible for illegally cutting more than 3,000 hectares of pristine forest in a key biodiversity corridor in Salta.

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Illegal agricultural plantations driving disappearance of ‘Intact Forest Landscapes’ worldwide

Thursday, January 26th, 2017

A new study has shown how Intact Forest Landscapes – the ‘last frontiers of wilderness’ are declining rapidly worldwide. The authors point the finger at large-scale commercial agricultural expansion as one of the primary causes. What they neglect to mention is that much of this plantation expansion has been illegal. Yet an analysis by Earthsight of the three anonymous illustrated examples they provide shows that two have been exposed as illegal, while a third appears to be being developed in contravention of company policy.

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Oil palm plantation in South Myanmar conflict zone wreaks havoc on local communities and forests

Friday, January 20th, 2017

A new report released by an NGO coalition examines the controversial Myanmar Stark Prestige Plantation (MSPP), which has cleared more than 6000 acres in Southern Myanmar since 2011. It shows how the negative impacts from large oil palm projects are compounded in conflict areas due to weakened governance and displacement of local communities.

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