Case Study

deforestation in Peru

Fighting illegal deforestation caused by palm oil in Peru

CCCA’s work in Peru aims at disrupting activities of individuals, corporations, and/or public entities that facilitate deforestation or other environmental destruction through enforcement, litigation, and/or advocacy, primarily outside the situation country.

Peru is the country that has experienced the most primary forest loss related to oil palm expansion in the Amazon region, where extensive areas of land have been deforested along the agricultural frontier. Palm oil production is also an agro-industrial activity that, given the notable growth projected in the coming years, is anticipated to have a particularly acute adverse effect on future illegal deforestation and violations of indigenous rights.

CCCA investigates the role of international actors involved in illegal deforestation in Peru, as part of its broader work in the Amazon area. The focus has been on the palm oil sector, as a global industry and a notorious driver of deforestation in Peru and beyond, as well as its impact on affected indigenous communities.

Since the establishment of palm oil plantations associated with large Peruvian producers, the indigenous peoples have faced several threats due to their tireless struggle to recover their ancestral lands.

CCCA is part of a coalition of indigenous associations and Peruvian and international NGOs tackling the impact of non-sustainable palm oil on the international market. As part of these efforts, the coalition has filed a case about illegal deforestation in the Peruvian Amazon and the palm oil supply chain before the Dutch OECD National Contact Point (NCP) for the OECD’s Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises against Louis Dreyfus Company B.V., a leading Netherlands-based company in agricultural commodities.

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