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.
01.04.2020 Deforestation is a possible contributing factor to the drop
29.01.2020 Criminal groups now “embedded in the entire supply chain” of production in Michoacán where violence, extortion and illegal land clearing are rife
30.07.2019 Rise in exports leaves authorities tackling growing number of illegal operators
29.03.2018 Protected areas within the Central American jungle are increasingly being targeted by ranching and human settlements
29.06.2017 Illegal oil palm development is playing a leading role in deforestation in the Mexican state, according to a government source interviewed by a reporter for Mongabay
14.11.2016 The country's attoerny general has claimed up to 8,000 hectares of forests cleared each year to for avocado orchards in the state of Michoacán