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.
05.07.2019 Purchases in Malaysia by Wilmar, the world’s largest palm oil trader, are helping fund deforestation in neighbouring Indonesia, to the benefit of a criminal businessman
13.05.2019 Sarawak Governor Abdul Taib Mahmud is accused of granting favourable leases to firm which later allegedly carried out illegal deforestation of timber