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Ghana’s outdated forestry laws allow deforestation for ag with impunity, study finds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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Killings highlight risks of land trafficking and corruption in Peruvian Amazon

Monday, September 18th, 2017

The slaughter of six farmers in the Peruvian Amazon has placed a spotlight on issues of land grabbing, corruption and illegal deforestation in the eastern region of Ucayali. The farmers, members of the Bello Paraiso Association of Agriculturalists, were tied up, tortured and shot by a group of between 20 and 40 assailants. The attack stemmed from a dispute over the ownership of agricultural land in the area, with local farmers and press reports blaming land traffickers.

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World’s biggest chocolate manufacturers driving rampant deforestation in Ivory Coast

Friday, September 15th, 2017

The global chocolate trade is driving widespread illegal deforestation in Ivory Coast, according to a recent investigation which traced the cocoa supply chain from plantations in protected areas to chocolate manufacturers including Nestlé, Mars, Ferrero and Mondelez.

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Papua New Guinea’s government resurrects zombie ag licenses

Monday, September 11th, 2017

The government of Papua New Guinea appears to have turned the notion of post-truth politics into an art form, making so many inconsistent claims on the legal status of the plethora of fraudulently issued plantation licenses in the country that it seems prudent to ask whether it knows where the truth lies anymore.

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Spread of palm oil threatens protected areas in Honduras

Thursday, August 31st, 2017

An investigation into palm oil plantations in Honduras has shown how growing demand for the crop combines with non-existent enforcement to incentivise illegal clearances in national parks.

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UK supermarkets found stocking beef linked to illegal deforestation in Brazil

Thursday, August 31st, 2017

A recent case study suggests the EU is failing in its promises to tackle its role in driving tropical forest destruction. British supermarket chains were found to be stocking corned beef from a firm fined millions of dollars for purchasing cattle reared on illegally deforested land in Brazil. Meanwhile, European imports of beef from the Latin American country are rising in lockstep with the deforestation rate.

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Firms filmed exploiting peatland forest in West Kalimantan

Tuesday, August 29th, 2017

An Indonesian company and its Chinese partner have pushed ahead with an industrial wood plantation in a forest in Borneo, flouting a moratorium on the drainage and exploitation of Indonesia’s peatlands.

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Indonesian government failing to collect more than $1 billion in deforestation fines

Friday, August 25th, 2017

The Indonesian government is failing to make firms convicted of illegal deforestation pay more than US$1 billion in fines, hampering efforts to restore the peat and forest habitats damaged by their operations.

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One million hectares of oil palm “beyond effective control by government” in Indonesian province

Monday, August 21st, 2017

Wiratno, Director General of Ecosystem and Natural Resources Conservation of the Environment and Forestry Ministry, told a seminar that the plantations were occupying the ‘forest estate’ without permission of the central government.

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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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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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