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.
23.11.2016 A decision by Indonesian police to drop a criminal investigation into the use of fire to clear forest dubbed fundamentally flawed and contrary to the evidence
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
10.11.2016 A new report shows how illegally-established cattle ranches have contributed to the loss of thousands of hectares of rainforest in Lábrea, in the state of Amazonas