Corruption and land trafficking in Peru’s Ucayali leading to deforestation for rice and palm
Friday, January 18th, 2019
Alleged criminal activity involving civil servants, government officials, judges and business owners in the eastern Peruvian region of Ucayali has been identified as a driver of deforestation in the area as illegally acquired forested lands are converted to palm and rice.
Oil palm companies connected to land grabbing, illegal deforestation and industrial pollution in Latin America
Monday, January 14th, 2019
A Mongabay Latam series on the oil palm industry in several Latin American countries has revealed that the advance of oil palm monocultures has resulted in illegalities, deforestation, environmental pressures, and conflicts with local communities.
Illegal deforestation hit big ag firms where it hurt – in the pocket
Friday, December 22nd, 2017
A new analysis of three major agricultural firms implicated in illegal deforestation reveals how it affected profitability, led to multi-billion dollar decline in market capitalisation and huge losses for investors.
Shots fired at environmental defenders in Peru
Thursday, December 21st, 2017
Shots were reportedly fired at members of a community and indigenous peoples’ organisation investigating land invasions by an oil palm company in Peru earlier this month.
New bad ag projects threaten Peruvian Amazon
Thursday, October 19th, 2017
Analysis of satellite imagery has unearthed evidence of rapid, industrial-style forest clearance in an area of the Peruvian Amazon where six farmers were recently assassinated.
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.
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.
Illegal cocoa and palm plantations cause $111m damage in Peruvian Amazon
Monday, October 10th, 2016
Peru’s National Forest and Wildlife Service produced an estimate of the damage in a technical report that has been submitted to the environmental prosecutor.
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.