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.
22.03.2019 Tensions between local communities in DRC and Canadian oil palm company Feronia have escalated in recent months
12.03.2018 Earthsight report released today documents the destruction of the forests of the Congo Basin for industrial palm oil and rubber plantations
12.03.2018 While no major green-field projects are known to have broken ground, our research indicates that illegal clearance of natural forest is occurring under the guise of projects to re-develop abandoned plantations
12.03.2018 In an extract from The Coming Storm report, we explore how The Republic of Congo government’s stated aims to reduce deforestation contrast starkly with what is happening on the ground