Corporate giants exposed to palm oil sourced from illegal clearances of Sumatran rainforest
Tuesday, July 25th, 2017
Some of the world’s biggest consumer brands may have sourced palm oil from illegally deforested land on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, according to an investigation by the Rainforest Action Network.
Huge ag investments by Africa’s richest man threaten expansion of illegal deforestation in Nigeria
Monday, July 17th, 2017
A corporation led by Africa’s richest man, which is already involved in the alleged illegal conversion of some of Nigeria’s few remaining areas of dense natural forest, has announced plans for a huge expansion of agricultural plantations in the country.
Palm oil encroaching on protected areas in Chiapas, Mexico, driving “clandestine” deforestation
Thursday, June 29th, 2017
Illegal oil palm development is playing a leading role in deforestation in the Mexican state of Chiapas, according to a government source interviewed by a reporter for Mongabay.
Indonesian government finances palm oil companies ignoring its laws
Thursday, June 29th, 2017
Three banks majority-owned by the state – Bank Mandiri, Bank Rakyat Indonesia and Bank Negara Indonesia – have ploughed billions of dollars into an industry that is systematically undermining the rule of law and efforts to repair Indonesia’s reputation as a climate villain in the wake of catastrophic forest fires.
Illegal palm oil concession generates flood of timber, greenwashed by Indonesia’s flagship certification scheme
Monday, June 26th, 2017
Timber from illegal palm oil concessions has been certified as ‘legal’ under Indonesia’s state forestry certification scheme, according to a new report from two NGOs.
Guatemalans wait for justice, two years on from toxic spill
Thursday, June 1st, 2017
The spill, linked to an oil palm plantation, killed thousands of fish and destroyed the plant life in the Pasión River, impacting the food security of thousands of local families.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.