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.
13.02.2017 Deforestation of a reserve in Rondonia has intensified after false documents were allegedly drawn up to illegally sell off land
27.01.2017 Satellite image analysis points to widespread forest loss in several states believed to be for soy and fruit cultivation
26.01.2017 More than 7 per cent of the area of these uniquely valuable ‘untouched’ forests were degraded or cleared between 2001 and 2013
09.09.2016 Greenpeace study finds more than 20,000 hectares of forest destroyed illegally in four northern provinces in the first half of 2016