In the last week of August, Brazilian President Temer, who has previously been arrested for corruption, released a huge nature reserve in the Amazon rainforest for raw material exploitation. The nature reserve is located in the national park Reserva Nacional do Corbe e Assiciados (Renca) in the northern states of Amapá and Para. The area of the released reserve is four million hectares, approximately an area the size of Denmark. ... →
A new report released by Mighty Earth looks at global meat production and its impact on the South American rainforest. It investigates soy production by companies such as Cargill and Bunge, soy being an important input into cattle feed. Soy production in Brazil and Bolivia is contributing to serious deforestation. According to the report large scale forest clearing is being undertaken by Bolivian and Brazilian farmers who trade with Cargill. ... →
In a court decision of August 2016, the Indonesian court in Jakarta sentenced the Indonesian palm oil producer Sampoerna Agro to the highest ever penalty for illegal slash and burn agriculture, as Reuters reports.
According to the judgment of 11 August, the company was “negligent in relation to fires” over an area of 3,000 hectares in the province of Riau in 2014. ... →