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Congo Basin: An Exceptional Forest Region at Threat

Second only to the Amazon in size, the tropical forests of the Congo Basin are some of the largest in the world. Stretching from the Albertine Rift in the east to the Gulf of Guinea in the west, the forest ecosystems cover roughly 250 million hectares – more than the area of the U.S. states […]

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Palm Oil: New Frontiers for a Long-Time Driver of Deforestation

Traditional large-scale oil palm plantation operators in Indonesia and Malaysia, where over 85% the world’s palm oil is produced, are seeking fresh ground to grow, as available land in South East Asia becomes scarcer. Veteran plantation companies and new arrivals to the scene are on the hunt for land in Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America, […]

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Who will pay for the illegal destruction of the Peruvian Amazon?

Updated July 13, 2016 News broke recently in the Jakarta Post that two Peruvian oil palm plantations located in Peru’s Amazon region of Ucayali, Plantaciones de Pucallpa and Plantaciones de Ucayali, plan to sell land they control in the Peruvian Amazon through a trust services company, La Fiduciaria S.A., despite ongoing prosecutions against these companies […]

Hong Kong Customs displays 82.5kg of rhino horns from South Africa and destined for Malaysia. Photo: ISD
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United Cacao-linked Companies Ordered to Stop Operations by Peruvian Authorities

PHOTO: Deforestation at Cacao del Peru Norte’s plantation in Tamshiyacu, Loreto, Peru. (EIA) Three massive agri-business projects in the Peruvian Amazon, all related to the same group of companies identified in EIA’s 2015 report Deforestation by Definition, have been ordered to halt operations by government authorities in the country. Together, the projects being developed collectively […]

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New Report Highlights RSPO Auditing Practices, Builds on Peru-Malaysia Case Study

The Environmental Investigation Agency’s UK office last week provided evidence of systematic problems in actions of auditors charged with certifying oil palm growers under the voluntary Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) certification scheme. In a new report called, Who Watches the Watchmen? Auditors and the breakdown of oversight in the RSPO, campaigners detail the […]

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EIA Partner Receives Human Rights Award at WOLA Gala, DC

The Mayflower Hotel ballroom in Washington, D.C. was filled to the brim with dignitaries, human rights advocates, and allies to celebrate the Washington Office on Latin America’s (WOLA) 10th Annual Human Rights Awards gala. The award honors organizations or individuals who have demonstrated extraordinary efforts to promote human rights, democracy, and justice in Latin America. […]