Realtime Deforestation Monitoring Report (RDM 19) – March 2024

RDM 19 highlights eight cases linked to soy and beef supply chains in the Cerrado and Amazon biomes. The cases gathered compound a total of 9,827 hectares of deforestation, and around 0.75 million tons of CO2 emissions. The cases collected flag non-compliance with the EU Deforestation Regulation (EUDR).

The cases included in this report cover deforestation alerts detected between January and February 2024 which have been visually confirmed as deforestation events occurring between August 2023 and February 2024. The eight cases reported refer to deforestation events taking place in the Brazilian states of Pará, Bahia, and Tocantins, and they have been linked, with different levels of certainty, to large soy traders, namely Bunge, Cargill, and LDC, and meatpackers, specifically JBS and Minerva.

The EUDR prohibits commodities and products that have been produced in plots of land subjected to deforestation or forest degradation after 31 December 2020 from being placed in the EU market (deforestation-free requirement). It also requires relevant products to be produced in accordance with the relevant legislation of the countries of origin (legality requirement). All the cases included in RDM 19 showcase non-compliance issues related to these EUDR requirements, considering specifically deforestation of native vegetation classified as Forest type, according to the definition of FAO, and illegal clearance of any type of native vegetation taking place after December 2020.

RDM reports are developed to support a wide range of actors – commodity producers and traders, financial sector stakeholders, and civil society – in taking evidence-based action towards real-time deforestation events. This and the upcoming RDM reports are published by AidEnvironment with support from the European Climate Foundation.

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Joana Faggin
Program Manager Deforestation-free supply chains
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GIS coordinator Deforestation-free supply chains