IDM tracks illegalities relating to conversion of forests for export-oriented agribusiness, the largest driver of global deforestation Continue reading
It brings together news on illegal deforestation cases around the world, from the Amazon to Southeast Asia, and focuses on the global trade in commodities such as palm oil, cocoa, cattle and soy. These news outputs are combined with primary desk-based investigations, in-depth analysis and expert commentary on the problem and the response of companies and governments.
The rapid destruction of the world’s tropical forests is a major contributor to climate change, and is having devastating impacts on the environment, wildlife and forest-dependent people. This global orgy of destruction is being driven by ‘big ag’ – the clearance of forests to make way for large-scale agriculture and tree plantations.
30.04.2020 Recent “reform” of palm oil sustainability certification scheme criticised for threatening forests and human rights – just as major export markets seek to better protect them
01.04.2020 Local women fight back against controversial palm oil, rubber firms accused of destroying community way of life and responsible for widespread deforestation
10.03.2020 Alicorp purchased palm oil from the Ocho Sur plantation where a reported 7,000ha of forest was destroyed and indigenous communities displaced
27.02.2020 In a test for its EU-backed timber legality scheme, auditors investigate allegations that a vast logging and timber operation in Papua is underpinned by fake oil palm permits
21.02.2020 Tension rising once more at KSU Amelia in Sumatra
31.01.2020 Report calls for due diligence law to monitor UK-registered firms operating overseas