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.
18.11.2019 Two activists found dead in a North Sumatra palm oil estate were allegedly assassinated by security guards on orders of their manager, while a third target escaped alive
08.11.2019 Allegations including widespread illegal fires, human rights abuses, fraudulent certifications and permitting irregularities ignored by global palm oil certification body
31.10.2019 Court ruling finds PT Arjuna Utama Sawit to have burnt almost 1,000 hectares of land illegally in Central Kalimantan
18.10.2019 Investigation has identified widespread illegality underpinning Indonesia’s sprawling oil palm plantation sector
09.10.2019 The epic battle to save the islands that inspired the theory of evolution
07.08.2019 Global Witness report reveals 164 land defenders murdered in 2018
31.07.2019 Certification body upholds Mighty Earth complaint on Korindo’s violations, though questions remain on illegal fires
23.07.2019 HSA Group has denied ties to contentious mega-project, but new Earthsight research shows staff links between Yemeni firm and the Papua project
19.07.2019 US commodities giant given the malign moniker amid tide of illegal deforestation, child labour and environmental abuse allegations across its global supply chains