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Banking on Palm Oil in Southeast Asia

A new report by Aidenvironment’s partner Gulzhan Musaeva examines the exploitation of land resources by the palm oil sector and the role of banking institutions in this process. The report focuses on the two leading producing nations of Southeast Asia, Indonesia and Malaysia, and neighbouring Singapore. The biggest local financiers — whose exposure to forest-risk sectors is among the highest in the world — have been evaluated on their overall progress in the area of sustainable finance and palm oil specific policies.

By Judith Knibbe 1 month ago
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Our December 2021 Newsletter is Out Now

Our October 2021 Newsletter is Out Now

By Judith Knibbe 1 month ago
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Working towards Green Transformation in India

Recently, Aidenvironment got a new program approved by the IKEA Foundation. The program focuses on regenerative agriculture and is called Green Transformation. The program will be implemented in Jharkhand and Madhya Pradesh in India, together with three other partners: PRADAN, FES and MetaMeta Research.

By Judith Knibbe 1 month ago
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Improved livelihoods through integrated water resources management

Climate change has exerted substantial effects on water cycles worldwide by changing the seasonal pattern of water resources. Agago District in Uganda is particularly affected, where water flows are expected to exceed socio-ecological thresholds for hydrological cycles. This impacts ecosystems and people’s livelihoods and well-being. Coupled with environmental degradation due to flooding, deforestation and excessive tree cutting, crop and cattle farming become less productive, which intensifies the vulnerability of local populations.

By Judith Knibbe 1 month ago
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Putting Food Systems Thinking into Practice

Wageningen University & Research recently published an article on Global Food Security which made use of Aidenvironment’s sector transformation framework. The research shares lessons learned from applying an integrated analytical framework for putting food systems thinking into practice.

By Judith Knibbe 1 month ago
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Uncovering links between deforestation and massive flooding in West Kalimantan

On 29th November 2021, the Teraju Foundation in cooperation with Aidenvironment organised an online panel program that posed the question: “How is massive flooding in West Kalimantan linked to deforestation?” The event was a response to the much-needed dialogue on the cause, impact and prospective solutions to the massive flood in West Kalimantan that occurred in early November 2021.

By Judith Knibbe 1 month ago
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Palm oil Production in Brazilian Amazon Threatens no deforestation, no exploitation commitments

While palm oil production in the Brazilian Amazon has relatively lower environmental impacts than soy and beef, our new joint publication Palm oil Production in Brazilian Amazon Threathens NDPE Commitments under our Chain Reaction Research programme shows how also palm oil expansion can be linked to deforestation, fires, exploitive labour conditions, and land disputes.

By Judith Knibbe 2 months ago
Forest Section News, Highlights, News

Record Deforestation in Brazil Highlight Need for New EU Import Law

Since the beginning of 2019, when the current president, Jair Bolsonaro, took office, data shows an accumulated increase of 56.9 percent for the yearly deforestation rate in Amazon biome.

By Judith Knibbe 2 months ago
Soy production in Brazil
Forest Section News, Highlights, News

Satellite monitoring in action – ‘Bad’ soy in sustainable animal feed

Aidenvironment research contributed to a television broadcast about Brazil’s soy exports linked deforestation and animal feed companies in the Netherlands.

By Judith Knibbe 2 months ago
Forest Section News, Highlights, News

Aidenvironment Insights: Gaps and opportunities in EU deforestation regulation and COP26 pledges

November 2021 has been a month of promises and pledges to safeguard the world’s forests and further prevent carbon emissions from deforestation. Apart from the COP26 collective declaration to halt and reverse forest loss and land degradation by 2030, yesterday the European Commission released a proposal for a regulation on deforestation-free products. The law aims to minimize the risk of deforestation in goods, such as palm oil, soy, beef, wood, and some derived products (leather, chocolate, and furniture) sold in the EU market. Aidenvironment’s work on deforestation-free supply chains highlights massive effort needed to achieve the ambitions of the COP26 deforestation pledge and the EU deforestation regulation.

By Judith Knibbe 2 months ago