New Zealand developer denies key role in giant palm oil project in Indonesia

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The following report published on September 23 by Newsroom, an independent news source in New Zealand, picked up where our award-winning 2018 collaborative investigation “The secret deal to destroy paradise” left off. From above, the satellite image shows two insignificant dark-coloured shapes, like a couple of missing puzzle pieces in a flat sea of green. But on the ground, they represent devastation. This innocuous picture illustrates the beginning of what is earmarked to become the world’s largest palm oil plantation, replacing one of the last remaining rainforests on earth. Two years ago, …

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