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Aviation climate targets may drive 3 million hectares of deforestation

Aviation climate targets may drive 3 million hectares of deforestation

The aviation industry’s climate targets are likely to lead to a dramatic increase in demand for palm oil and soy for aviation biofuels.

Indonesia’s primary forest and peatland moratorium now permanent

Indonesia’s primary forest and peatland moratorium now permanent

Indonesia’s president Joko Widodo recently signed an order for the moratorium on logging in primary forests and peatlands to be permanent. Rainforest Foundation Norway praises the move but points out important weaknesses.

Palm oil smallholders and land-use change in Indonesia and Malaysia

Palm oil smallholders and land-use change in Indonesia and Malaysia

Implications for the EU delegated act of the recast Renewable Energy Directive

Press release: Norway’s Government Pension Fund acts against deforestation: divests major agricultural companies

Norway Gov't fund divests major agricultural companies.

Rainforest Foundation Norway: "A warning shot to those still involved in deforestation".

The planet’s insects are being wiped out - but the rainforests can save us

World's insects decimated, but rainforests are an important solution.

Mass insect death worldwide threatens “catastrophic collapse of nature’s ecosystems”.

Indonesian civil society pleads with the EU to phase out palm oil-based biofuels

Indonesian civil society pleads with the EU to phase out palm oil-based biofuels

Crunch time approaches for a proposed policy change regarding palm oil and biofuels in Europe.
Norway will become first country to exclude high deforestation risk biofuels

Norway will become first country to exclude high deforestation risk biofuels

Norway will become first country to exclude high deforestation risk biofuels

Destroying the world to save it

Destroying the world to save it

If the world’s major biofuel consumers meet their current targets, they will generate unprecedented demand for palm oil, devastating Southeast Asia’s rainforests in the process. 

Interfaith Rainforest Initiative

Interfaith Rainforest Initiative

New hope for world’s tropical forests as Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Hindu, Buddhist, Daoist Leaders join indigenous forest guardians to launch global effort to end deforestation.
Norway bans palm oil-based biofuel in its public procurement

Norway bans palm oil-based biofuel in its public procurement

A majority in the Norwegian parliament has voted to ban the public procurement and use of biofuel based on palm oil.

Nordic Banks and Government Pension Funds linked to Indonesia’s Palm Oil Deforestation

Nordic Banks and Government Pension Funds linked to Indonesia’s Palm Oil Deforestation

A new report from Rainforest Foundation Norway and the Fair Finance Guide tracks Nordic investments to Asian banks that support rapacious palm oil producers with financing that impedes push for sustainability.
Indonesia’s second largest palm oil producer fails to deliver on its sustainability policy

Indonesia’s second largest palm oil producer fails to deliver on its sustainability policy

NGOs deem Astra Agro Lestari’s implementation of sustainability policy far too slow; question the company’s intentions to fully adhere to its commitments.
Rainforest protection and responsible investment

Rainforest protection and responsible investment

Using data on rainforests to influence investors: Our new Quick-Start Guide

Soy Moratorium extension welcome, but stronger action is needed

Soy Moratorium extension welcome, but stronger action is needed

The announcement to extend the Brazilian Soy Moratorium is good news, but more action is needed.

Two men try to extinguish fires in Indonesia.

Amidst Haze Crisis, Goldman Sachs Gives Green Light for Forest Burning

Goldman Sachs has announced a new palm oil financing policy. However, the policy has glaring weaknesses.

New report finds Indofood linked to deforestation, climate pollution and human rights abuses in Indonesia

New report finds Indofood linked to deforestation, climate pollution and human rights abuses in Indonesia

"Bad actor" in palm oil sector exposes major customers and investors to egregious company practices.

Large palm oil producer announces strong forest conservation policy

Large palm oil producer announces strong forest conservation policy

First palm oil producer operating primarily at grower level announces strong forest conservation policy.

Luxury hotel chain is destroying the rainforest

Luxury hotel chain is destroying the rainforest

The luxury hotel group Mandarin Oriental is closely tied to a company that has cleared vast areas of rainforests, and is helping drive the Sumatran elephant to extinction.

Norwegian children´s books are destroying the rainforest

Norwegian children´s books are destroying the rainforest

Independent forensic fiber tests commissioned by Rainforest Foundation Norway (RFN) reveal significant quantities of mixed tropical hardwood in nearly half of the 24 books tested.

Storebrand pulls out from the palm oil industry

Storebrand, the largest private pension fund in the Nordic region, is divesting its shares in eleven of the twelve palm oil companies in which it is invested.