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Fires rage in Bolivia as illegal deforestation for beef and soy continues to surge

Thursday, April 27th, 2017

New data on land fires in Bolivia indicates that the surge in illegal forest conversion for large-scale commercial agriculture and cattle ranching seen since 2012 is accelerating. But despite this rapidly deteriorating situation, deforestation in Bolivia continues to receive scant international attention.

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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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Soy farmers abuse agrarian reform to bulldoze forests in Mato Grosso

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017

According to local settlers ithe Gleba Mercedes’ collective reserve has been illegally cleared by soy farmers using the correntão – a 100-metre long chain pulled by tractors that knocks down all forest in its path.

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Brazilian state redirects smallholder land to big ag

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

Land in Brazil’s least developed state is being illegally redistributed to large-scale agribusiness, threatening a wave of deforestation, according to a farmers’ rights group.

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Indigenous communities face violence from agribusiness in Argentina

Monday, December 12th, 2016

Members of the Yaki Cachi Bajo Hondo indigenous community have suffered harassment, threats and violent attacks by armed groups connected to agribusiness interests in the north of the country.

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Soy and cattle driving wave of illegal deforestation in Argentina

Monday, November 21st, 2016

Greenpeace report outlines consistent violations of the Forest Law in conversion of forests for soy and cattle ranching.

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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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Analysis shows more than a third of deforestation in Argentinian hotspots is illegal

Friday, September 9th, 2016

Analysis by Greenpeace has found that more than 20,000 hectares of forest was destroyed illegally in four northern provinces, in the first half of 2016.

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