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Study Warns of Possible REDD+ Land Grab

A new report by the Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) found that REDD+, the UN program to reduce global carbon emissions, may be putting indigenous communities at risk, jeopardizing local land rights and laying the groundwork for large-scale “carbon grabs” by governments and private investors. Read more below to find out why this program may be…

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Grocery Giant Commits to Zero-Deforestation Policy for Palm Oil Sourcing

Safeway, the second biggest U.S. grocery chain, has become the latest company to establish a policy that excludes deforestation-linked palm oil from its products. Safeway will ask its suppliers to implement social and environmental criteria that ensure the palm oil it uses in branded products is ethical. Read more below to find out what their commitment involves.…

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Alien Trees Use Logging Roads to Invade Borneo Forests

One tropical tree from Central and South America has made itself at home in Borneo where it is crowding  out local vegetation and interfering with forest recovery. Although this tree has been slow to spread through Borneo since its introduction in 1952, new logging roads appear to be driving the species farther afield. Read more below…

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Sarawak’s RM559Million ‘Schools For Votes’ Scandal

A deliberate vote-buying scheme in Sarawak which was approved by the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Najib Razak, and the Deputy Prime Minister and Education Minister, Muhyiddin Yassinhas, been recently uncovered by Sarawak Report. Read more below to find out who else was involved in this scandal, what they did, and exactly how much money was…

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General Mills, Colgate-Palmolive Announce Deforestation-Free Policies for Palm Oil Sourcing

On Monday, General Mills and Colgate-Palmolive both announced palm oil policies that go beyond standards set by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil in order to better protect the environment and wildlife surrounding their palm oil sources. Read more below to find out what these new policies are and how this will affect the positions…

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Borneo Monkeys Lose a Tenth of Their Habitat in a Decade

A new study revealed that several species of langurs monkeys in Borneo have lost over a tenth of their habitats since 2000. While this may not seem like a lot, it can actually have huge negative impacts on the populations of these animals. Read more below to find out what the biggest dangers to these…

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Indigenous Communities Demand Forest Rights, Blame Land Grabs for Failure to Curb Deforestation

In the Palangkaraya Declaration on Deforestation and the Rights of Forest Peoples, indigenous and forest-dependent peoples from Asia, Africa and Latin America have called for increased recognition of customary land rights in order to limit deforestation and ensure the survival of their communities. Read more below to find out what the declaration says and asks of…

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Progressive Palm Oil Group Opens Door to Companies, NGO’s Adopting Zero Deforestation Policies

A new group called the Palm Oil Innovation Group (POIG) has started to accept new members who commit to social and environmental safeguards that go beyond the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) eco-certification standard. Read more below to find out what these safeguards are and how POIG hopes to tip the balance towards responsible palm…

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New Web Tool Aims to Help Indigenous Groups Protect Forests and Navigate REDD+

A new online tool called ForestDefender aims to help indigenous people understand and implement their rights in regard to forests. The database brings together vast amounts of legal information—both national and international—on over 50 countries. Read more below to find out this tool works and what its creators hope it will achieve. Read more on Mongabay. Read…

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Indonesia’s Proposed Peat Law Too Weak to Protect Peatlands, Stop Haze, Says Greenpeace

A new analysis from Greenpeace says that new regulations aiming to protect peatlands is most likely going to fall short of its goals, failing to stop peat degradation, emissions, and fires that are driving the current haze crisis in Southeast Asia. Read more below to find out how Greenpeace made this conclusion and what this means…

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