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At this free workshop, you’ll learn about the importance of covering forest-risk commodity trading, the impacts of the production of key commodities, such as soy, beef and palm oil, on deforestation of tropical forest regions, in particular of the Amazon and Cerrado, and how to use the Trase platform to conduct your own investigations into environmental and other impacts of corporate supply chains.

The session will have a live demo of the platform, as well as covering how to use Trase and the data behind it for journalistic research. Global Canopy’s Andre Vasconcelos and Cristiane Fontes will be joined by The Economist’s Brazil Correspondent, Sarah Esther Maslin, to discuss the ways she used Trase in her research for a 2020 investigation into the soya and beef firms responsible for Amazonian deforestation and their supply chains.

You can watch a recording of the session below


This course is part of the #CIJSummer Investigative Journalism Conference 2021.

Date: 5 July 2021
Time: 12:00 till 13:30 (BST London, UK time).
Group size: max 30 people.
Class duration: 1hr 30min x 1 times a day x 1 day
Level of participation: medium, with regular Q&A sections

Technical Requirements

This course will need you to have the following software/apps/tools on your computer:

Zoom app
Camera and audio
This course will be hosted on Zoom. To find out more about how we use Zoom, please check out our Zoom InfoSec page.

André Vasconcelos

André Vasconcelos is a conservation ecologist who joined Trase in 2018. He works in Trase's impact team, analysing and interpreting Trase data for key audiences in Brazil, Europe and China. Prior to joining Trase, he worked on conservation related issues for over ten years, including planning and implementing strategic conservation plans for timber and paper certification, and providing support for large businesses and smallholders to comply with certification requirements, including High Conservation Value Areas assessments.

Cristiane Fontes

Cristiane Fontes (Krika) is a journalist who worked for media vehicles and environmental NGOs in Brazil and then moved into programme management. In the last two years, she was involved with the strategic planning of various organisations, such as Fundação Roberto Marinho, Fundo (Funbio), Instituto Clima e Sociedade (iCS), Fundo Brasileiro para a Biodiversidade, Fundo Brasil de Direitos Humanos, as a consultant.

Sarah Esther Maslin

Sarah Esther Maslin joined The Economist in 2017. In 2018 she moved to São Paulo to become The Economist‘s Brazil correspondent. Previously, she was a freelance journalist based in Central America.
  • 5 July 2021 12.00–13.30 British Summer Time (GMT+1)
British Summer Time (GMT+1)
Location: Zoom webinar
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