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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Illegal operations common feature of palm oil-driven conflicts

Tuesday, December 20th, 2016

Illegalities by palm oil companies are a significant factor in the widespread conflicts between them and rural communities in Indonesian Borneo, according to a recent paper published in Applied Geography.

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Riau network urges government to prosecute forest encroachment

Friday, December 16th, 2016

Analysis of plantations in Riau Province, Indonesia, suggests that the majority of oil palm plantations are operating without permission from the Ministry and Environment and Forestry.

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“Sustainable” palm oil has a legal problem

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

“Legal compliance among palm oil producers is critically low. This is a big problem for the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil”.

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Illegal palm oil encroaches on Aceh’s largest peatswamp

Thursday, November 24th, 2016

The province of Aceh, Indonesia, lost more than 4,000 hectares of forest in the first half of 2016, largely due to “legally questionable, if not downright illegal” palm oil expansion, according to a report on Mongabay.

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Investigation raises doubts over police decision to drop forest fire prosecutions

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016

A decision by Indonesian police to drop a criminal investigation into the use of fire to clear forest was fundamentally flawed and contrary to the evidence, according to an investigation carried out by an NGO network.

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