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.
10.10.2016 Peru’s National Forest and Wildlife Service chief reveals that deforestation by two illegal cocoa and oil palm plantations in the Peruvian Amazon has causes widespread damage
06.10.2016 An NGO alliance is taking the provincial police in Sumatra, to the Central Information Commission over decision to drop cases against 15 plantation companies
27.09.2016 A coalition of organisations in Indonesia has released footage showing evidence of the criminal use of fire to clear forest
09.09.2016 Greenpeace study finds more than 20,000 hectares of forest destroyed illegally in four northern provinces in the first half of 2016
01.09.2016 A new report alleges that Korindo, the largest palm oil company operating in Indonesian Papua, has destroyed 30,000 hectares of forest on the island since 2013