Recently deforested areas in Bosawás Biosphere Reserve.  Photo by Michelle Carrere for Mongabay

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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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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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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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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Rising deforestation for agriculture in Peru indigenous reserve

Thursday, September 29th, 2016

“Initial threat assessment” identifies 1,600 hectares of forest loss since 2013, in Amazonian reserve protected for the benefit of indigenous peoples.

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Ill-Gotten Lands: Deforestation and isolation in Paraguay’s Gran Chaco

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

When the government of Paraguay enacted a law banning deforestation in 2004, it marked what might have become one of the most significant success stories in global forest conservation. Instead, it helped spark one of the world’s most pressing environmental crises.

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