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 scheme criticised for threatening forests and human rights
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
20.12.2019 Local officials reported to their superiors as long ago as 2013 that all seven plantation operation permits at the 2,800 square kilometre “Tanah Merah” project were faked, but no action taken
12.12.2019 NGOs call out financing awarded by region’s largest financial institutions