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OCCRP PIAUÍ MAGAZINE

The Brazilian Bow Makers Under Investigation For Dealing in Endangered Wood

Violin bows sold at a UK store and made of an endangered species of brazilwood

A 2-month cross-border investigation in the US, UK and Brazil about a group of bowmakers suspicious of trafficking an endangered brazilian wood to make violin and cello bows.

Read the English version Read the story in Portuguese (part 1) Read the story in Portuguese (part 2)
BBC

Brazil might lose R$ 300 million in environmental fines

Brazil's environmental agency agents

A story we found through a database of expired fines. Brazil's Federal Court of Accounts released a report mentioning the same documents and conclusions revealed in this story and recommended policy changes to the environmental agency a few months later.

Read the story in Portuguese
THE WASHINGTON POST

A failure of enforcement

Brazil's environmental agency agents

The Washington Post used our expired fines dataset and support to investigate how Brazil is struggling to enforce environmental crimes. Their reporter praised our project on his Twitter.

Read the story

INFOAMAZONIA/PULITZER CENTER

Amazon Underworld: A Cross-Border Investigation Into the Criminal Networks That Run the Amazon

Brazil's environmental agency agents

We were hired by InfoAmazonia to develop a project related to environmental crimes in partnership with the Pulitzer Center.

Read about the project

Our datasets and public records released:



Python/Pandas Spreadsheet/Excel

Land grabbing? Rural properties located in indigenous land protected areas (and some of their owners)

a chart showing parties with more environmental fines

We have obtained a dataset - Rural Land Register (Cadastro Ambiental Rural) - from the state of Mato Grosso and cross-referencted it with another database of rural areas located inside indigenous lands. The data comes from Ibama, Brazil's environmental agency.

Open the spreadsheet Check the code on Github/Google Collaboratory
Python/Pandas Spreadsheet/Excel

Political candidates and donors (2022) sanctioned for environmental crimes

a chart showing parties with more environmental fines

We have scraped every environmental fine from the Brazilian Institute of the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources website (IBAMA) and cross-referenced it with every political candidate and donor in the 2022 Brazilian election. It was used in an investigation by Al Jazeera and several other media outlets.

Open the spreadsheets Check the code on Github/Google Collaboratory
FOIA Spreadsheet/Excel

Reconciliation hearings - Ibama (2021-2022)

Ibama - audiencia de conciliacao

A dataset obtained through a FOIA request containing the result of environmental offenders reconciliation hearings.

Read about the data (in Portuguese) Open the spreadsheet
FOIA Spreadsheet/Excel

Rural property ownership in Distrito Federal (DF) - Cadastro Ambiental Rural (CAR)

a rural property style=

A dataset obtained through a FOIA request containing every rural land register in Distrito Federal and who owns those lands.

Read about the data (in Portuguese) Open the spreadsheet
Spreadsheet/Excel

Indigenous people mental health data (2018-2022)

a chart showing parties with more environmental fines

We have obtained data from the Ministry of Health in a Freedom of Information request (FOIA) with details about alcohol and drug abuse among indigenous people in Brazil.

Open the spreadsheets
Python/Pandas Spreadsheet/Excel

Illegal fishing and wildlife trafficking (seizures) in Brazil's conservation units

a chart showing parties with more environmental fines

A database obtained through a freedom of information request containing every case of illegal fishing and wildlife trafficking in Brazilian conservation units (source:ICMBio).

Open the spreadsheets
Python/Pandas Spreadsheet/Excel

Political candidates and donors (2022) sanctioned for slave labor

an anti slave labor operation in brazil

We have cross-referenced every political candidate and donor in the 2022 Brazilian election with slave-labor cases between 2010 and 2020 obtained through a FOIA request.

Open the spreadsheets Check the code on Github/Google Collaboratory
FOIA

Employee dismissal records at IBAMA

a slave labor report image

Through the Access to Informaction Act (also known as LAI in Brazil), we got access to records related to the dismissals of public officials at IBAMA. One of these documents revealed that an official agent anticipated operations against environmental crimes to a company.

Read the documents
Python/Pandas Spreadsheet/Excel

Expired environmental fines

a histogram shows school performance normal distribution in Brazil

This is a dataset of environmental fines expired in Brazil, including companies' names, environmental crimes and more. It was featured in journalistic investigations by BBC and The Washington Post.

Open the dataset in OCCRP's Aleph system (account needed) Open it in a Google Spreadsheet
Python

Timber illegal trade (2008-2022)

a slave labor report image

We have scraped every timber illegal trade sanctioned by Ibama from 2008 to 2022 with specific details about each case, divided by city, state and company.

Read the code (Python/Google Colab) Open a Google Spreadsheet
Python Google Collaboratory

Environmental crime administrative trials

a histogram shows school performance normal distribution in Brazil

A dataset of environmental crimes found by IBAMA, the Brazilian environmental agency, and their trial date.

Check the code on Github/Google Collaboratory Check the spreadsheets (in Portuguese)

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Outlet Date Story
BBC 8/12/22 Quase R$ 300 mi em multas ambientais podem prescrever em 2022; valor perdido vem subindo desde 2017
UOL 8/12/22 Quase R$ 300 mi em multas ambientais podem prescrever em 2022; valor perdido vem subindo desde 2017
Yahoo News 8/12/22 Quase R$ 300 mi em multas ambientais podem prescrever em 2022; valor perdido vem subindo desde 2017
G1 - Globo 8/12/22 Quase R$ 300 mi em multas ambientais podem prescrever em 2022; valor perdido vem subindo desde 2017
Terra 8/12/22 Quase R$ 300 mi em multas ambientais podem prescrever em 2022; valor perdido vem subindo desde 2017
ClimaInfo 8/12/22 Mais de 2,2 mil multas ambientais – quase R$ 300 mi – podem prescrever em 2022
Brasil Amazonia Agora (blog) 8/12/22 Quase R$ 300 mi em multas ambientais podem prescrever em 2022
BNC Amazonas 8/12/22 Política ambiental de Bolsonaro faz país perder R$ 300 milhões em multas
Fiquem Sabendo 8/16/22 Newsletter: as multas com prescrições no Ibama
Campo Grande News 8/16/22 Em MS, R$ 253 mil em multas aplicadas pelo Ibama correm risco de caducar
PNB Online 8/16/22 Multas ambientais com risco de prescrição ultrapassam R$8 mi em MT
Expresso MS 8/16/22 Em MS, R$ 253 mil em multas aplicadas pelo Ibama correm risco de vencer
CBN (Radio) 8/16/22 Mais de 2 mil multas ambientais podem prescrever neste ano
Folha do Progresso 8/12/22 Quase R$ 300 milhões em multas ambientais podem prescrever em 2022; Valor vem subindo
Racismo Ambiental 8/14/22 Quase R$ 300 mi em multas ambientais podem prescrever em 2022; valor perdido vem subindo desde 2017
OCCRP (dataset) 8/17/22 Expired environmental fines in Brazil (login needed)
Costa Rica em Foco 8/16/22 Em MS, R$ 253 mil em multas aplicadas pelo Ibama correm risco de vencer
Um Só Planeta - Globo 8/16/22 Mais de 2.000 multas ambientais podem prescrever neste ano
Bahia Notícias 8/19/22 Ibama pode deixar de arrecadar mais de R$ 100 mil em multas aplicadas na Bahia; entenda
Diamantina FM (Radio) 8/19/22 Ibama pode deixar de arrecadar mais de R$ 100 mil em multas aplicadas na Bahia; entenda
The Washington Post 8/30/22 Deforestation enforcement: Deforesters are plundering the Amazon. Brazil is letting them get away with it.
Vocativo 9/12/22 Filha de Menezes recebeu verba de doadora multada por infração ambiental
Correio do Povo 9/12/22 Projeto mostra que 169 candidatos já foram multados por infrações ambientais
R7 (Record) 9/12/22 Projeto mostra que 169 candidatos já foram multados por infrações ambientais
Mais Brasil (Radio) 9/13/22 Levantamento aponta que 169 candidatos acumulam mais de R$83 milhões em multas ambientais
Bahia Notícias 9/15/22 Bahia tem 16 candidatos ao legislativo multados pelo Ibama entre 2005 e 2022
Acorda Cidade 9/15/22 Bahia tem 16 candidatos ao legislativo multados pelo Ibama entre 2005 e 2022
Acaopopular.net 9/15/22 Bahia tem 16 candidatos ao legislativo multados pelo Ibama entre 2005 e 2022, dentre eles Marcelo Nilo e Robinho
Aragao Notícias (blog) 9/15/22 Bahia tem 16 candidatos multados pelo Ibama
Nexo 9/21/22 PL concentra 40,5% das doações de autuados por crime ambiental
Metrópoles 9/26/22 Após mortes de Bruno e Dom, governo cortou R$ 8,2 milhões da Funai
BNC Amazonas 9/26/22 Bolsonaro tira mais de R$ 8 milhões da Funai no Vale do Javari
Hora do Povo 9/26/22 Mesmo após morte de Bruno e Dom, governo Bolsonaro corta R$ 8,2 milhões da Funai
Em Tempo 9/26/22 Javari sem nada
ClimaInfo 9/26/22 Governo Bolsonaro corta R$ 8 milhões da FUNAI
Racismo Ambiental 9/26/22 Governo Bolsonaro corta R$ 8,2 milhões da FUNAI
Ecos da Notícia 9/27/22 Governo Bolsonaro corta R$ 8,2 milhões da FUNAI
Fiquem Sabendo 9/26/22 Mesmo após mortes, governo Bolsonaro corta R$ 8,2 milhões da FUNAI (newsletter)
Toda Hora 9/27/22 Governo cortou R$ 8 milhões em despesas da Funai, mesmo após mortes no Vale do Javari
InfoAmazonia 9/28/22 60 candidatos da Amazônia têm campanha financiada por desmatadores
ClimaInfo 9/30/22 Agro se aproxima de “bancada da bala” para aumentar influência no Legislativo
Conexão Tocantins 9/30/22 Candidatos no Tocantins foram financiados por desmatadores
Al Jazeera 9/30/22 Brazil votes: Bolsonaro allies stand firm in Amazon bastion
InfoAmazonia 10/5/22 Campanha de Bolsonaro recebeu R$ 3,1 milhões de infratores ambientais
InfoAmazonia 10/5/22 Observatório Socioambiental de Mato Grosso
Metrópoles 10/12/22 Senador bolsonarista foi multado quatro vezes por crimes ambientais
Fiquem Sabendo 10/11/22 Newsletter: Os candidatos eleitos que receberam multas ambientais (newsletter)
Alagoas 24 Horas 10/12/22 Senador eleito em Rondônia foi multado 4 vezes por crimes ambientais
Fiquem Sabendo 10/24/22 Abrimos os dados do Cadastro Ambiental Rural (newsletter)
Bahia Notícias 10/25/22 Bahia lidera número de registros oficiais de imóveis rurais no país
Bahia Notícias 10/25/22 Oeste da Bahia tem 7 das 10 cidades com maior área registrada no CAR
Portal do Cerrado 10/26/22 Bahia tem o maior número de registros de imóveis rurais do país, diz MAPA
De Olho nos Ruralistas (english version) 10/26/22 Interview: Dossier shows Bolsonaro’s attacks against public transparency and access to environmental data
Diário Catarinense 10/28/22 Comércio ilegal de madeira gera quase R$ 4 milhões em multas em SC
Terra 10/28/22 Trabalho escravo e crimes ambientais: conheça alguns doadores de campanha de Bolsonaro
Alma Preta 10/28/22 Trabalho escravo e crimes ambientais: conheça alguns apoiadores de Bolsonaro
Neomundo 10/29/22 Campanha de Bolsonaro recebeu R$ 3,1 milhões de infratores ambientais
Jornal do Brasil 10/29/22 Trabalho escravo e crimes ambientais: conheça alguns apoiadores de Bolsonaro
Fiquem Sabendo 11/07/22 As apreensões de peixes, aves e outras infrações contra a fauna (newsletter)
Bahia Notícias 11/09/22 Unidades de Conservação: Desde 2015, BA é 5º estado em número de infrações contra a fauna
Bahia Extra 11/09/22 Unidades de Conservação: Desde 2015, BA é 5º estado em número de infrações contra a fauna
Salvadorez 11/09/22 Unidades de Conservação: Desde 2015, BA é 5º estado em número de infrações contra a fauna
Correio do Lavrado 11/16/22 Desde 2015, unidades de conservação de Roraima tiveram 31 infrações contra a fauna
Fiquem Sabendo 11/21/22 Abuso de álcool tem alta entre população indígena
Bahia Notícias 11/22/22 Bahia tem 146 registros de indicadores de saúde mental da população indígena
Bahia Extra 11/22/22 Bahia tem 146 registros de indicadores de saúde mental da população indígena, segundo Ministério da Saúde
Bahia na Política 11/22/22 Bahia tem 146 registros de indicadores de saúde mental da população indígena, segundo Ministério da Saúde
Metrópoles 11/23/22 Cresce o abuso de álcool entre indígenas, mostra Ministério da Saúde
Jornal Floripa 11/23/22 Cresce o abuso de álcool entre indígenas, mostra Ministério da Saúde
Novo Extra 11/27/22 Agressões à fauna e flora de áreas protegidas passam de 4 mil em sete anos em Alagoas
Metrópoles 11/30/22 União cobra R$ 3,8 bilhões em multas por desmatamento desde 2019
Portal Mulher Amazônica 11/30/22 União cobra R$ 3,8 bilhões em multas por desmatamento desde 2019
Fiquem Sabendo 12/5/22 Veja um balanço dos resultados das audiências de conciliação
Revista Piauí 12/7/22 Como o pau-brasil, ameaçado de extinção e símbolo nacional, acaba em arcos de violino na Europa
Revista Piauí 12/7/22 A nova batalha do pau-brasil
OCCRP 12/7/22 The Brazilian Bow Makers Under Investigation For Dealing in Endangered Wood
The Times (UK) 12/7/22 Brazil cracks down on bows made from rare ‘music trees’
ND Mais 12/29/22 Florianópolis tem a 2ª Unidade de Conservação federal que mais registra infrações no Brasil
Etersec 01/23/23 Financiadores do Caos - Os Bolsoagros
Fiquem Sabendo (newsletter) 01/23/23 Veja propriedades rurais que foram registradas na mesma área de terras indígenas protegidas
MidiaJur 01/28/23 Fazendas tem 54 mil hectares em conflito com terras indígenas em MT


We contribute to improve public transparency awareness in Brazil by doing presentations and interviews


Filecoin Foundation for the Descentralized Web/#FilLisbon2022 (Nov.22) - presentation about Data Fixers in Lisbon/Portugal in a tech conference. Held in English.




Jornal da Cultura - interview (Dec.22) - Our founder Luiz Fernando Toledo was interviewed by Jornal da Cultura, a traditional TV show in Brazil, to explain how Brazil can improve transparency policies in 2023. Held in Portuguese.




UOL/Análise da Notícia - interview (Dec.22) - Our founder Luiz Fernando Toledo was interviewed by Brazil's most popular news website to explain how we did the Brazilwood smuggling investigation. Held in Portuguese.



Partners



Fiquem Sabendo logo

Fiquem Sabendo. One of Brazil's most relevant non-profit organizations specialized in public records. We publish data in their newsletter together and partner with media organizations to use our data. Read the content here.

InfoAmazonia logo

InfoAmazonia. Data, interactive maps and journalism on the Amazon rainforest. We we hired to provide data and support for a project related to criminal gangs in the Amazon Rainforest. Read more here.

Muckrock logo

Muckrock/Document Cloud (via Filecoin Foundation). We got funding to use DocumentCloud as our platform to share documents and investigate public records for stories. Read more here.

Piauí logo

Revista Piauí (Piauí magazine). One of the the most relevant news magazines in Brazil. Our publishing partner for several projects, including a major cross-border investigation about timber smuggling

Global Witness logo

Global Witness. A non-profit organization that investigates and exposes environmental and human rights abuses. We were hired as public records consultants in Brazil for a specific project.

OCCRP logo

Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP). This cross-border investigative journalism platform based in Europe is our publishing partner and also helps us spread important datasets through their Aleph system, a platform dedicated to investigative journalists around the world.


About



Data Fixers is a data-driven journalism project sponsored by The Brown Institute for Media Innovation – a joint initiative between Columbia University and Stanford University. We received a Magic Grant to find data and public records to investigate environmental crimes in Brazil. Read more about the project in this article by Muckrock and here at the Brown Institute's website.

Send an email if you want to hire us or are interested in making a partnership!



Project manager



Luiz Fernando Toledo

Infographic by Rodolfo Almeida

Master of Science in Data Journalism at Columbia University (22') and in Public Administration at Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV-EAESP, 21'). Brazilian Association for Investigative Journalism (Abraji) director, data journalism professor at Insper (São Paulo/Brazil). Over a decade of experience in major brazilian news outlets and on cross-border journalism projects. Founder of Fiquem Sabendo, one of the most relevant platforms about public records in Brazil and that it being used as a source by hundreds of national and international newspapers.