The Centre for Investigative Journalism
The Centre for Investigative Journalism

Trase: Investigating Deforestation in Supply Chains

Global trade in soy, beef, palm oil and other agricultural commodities is driving tropical deforestation. Governments, businesses and financial institutions have pledged to halt deforestation, but only with transparency in supply chains can these commitments be meaningfully assessed. This session introduces Trase, a data-driven transparency initiative which maps the international trade and financing of forest risk commodities – providing free online data tools and analysis that journalists can use in supply chains investigations. Trase researcher André Vasconcelos will discuss how to access and use Trase, while Jessica Brice, Senior Editor for Latin America, Bloomberg News will share her experience of using Trase to report on how beef supply chains affect the Amazon. Moderated by Jolene Tan, communications lead for Trase.

Part of the CIJ Open Climate Reporting Initiative (OCRI)

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30 June 2022 – Trase: Investigating Deforestation in Supply Chains


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.

Jessica Brice

Jessica Brice is a senior investigative journalist for Bloomberg News and a fellow at the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting who has been writing about Latin America for more than 15 years, including five years as Bloomberg News’ Brazil Bureau Chief.

Jolene Tan

Jolene Tan is an experienced communications professional and novelist (two books and counting) who joined Trase in 2021. She leads Trase’s communications work. Before joining Trase, Jolene worked for a decade on research and policy communications in Singapore, with a particular focus on equalities and human rights.


  • 30 June 2022 14.40–15.40 Timezone: BST (UK Time)
Timezone: BST (UK Time)
Location: Room LG01 - PSH Building - Goldsmiths, University of London
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