The tool

The Lucida tool surfaces unprecedented insights on the financing of tropical commodity companies and their links to unsustainable land use and illegal forest activities to create new opportunities for ending deforestation.

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What is the Lucida tool?

Lucida is a web-based network tool that empowers groups, campaigners, journalists and law enforcement with information about the different economic actors who are benefiting, directly or indirectly, from deforestation and other unsustainable land use practices. The Lucida network tool draws on an underlying database to create compelling insights and data visualizations that illuminate company and financier links to deforestation by highlighting relationships in company and shareholder structures to on-the-ground impacts.


Available now to a core group of beta users, Lucida’s network tool aggregates information from disparate and hard-to-access sources into a single comprehensive database. As capabilities mature, more users will be invited to experience the power of Lucida. The tool is powered by dozens of sources, including data to understand the financing of commodity companies, company structures and hierarchies, and relationships to land use and social impacts.


A key feature of the Lucida initiative is the team’s reporting and analyses, which derive insights from the network tool. Lucida’s visual stories explore which companies and financiers are linked to impacts on the ground, including through deforestation, frontiers of deforestation, fire hotspots, and encroachment into protected areas. These stories include intuitive graphics and scannable tables of content and data sourcing for all the graphics.






Another important feature on the Lucida platform is that each of the three countries — Colombia, Peru, and Indonesia — now have a dedicated page to provide context for impacts on the ground using information gleaned from the data tool. The pages, with an emphasis on data visualization, are meant to act as an overview of the land use issues and trends over time as a way to orient users with the latest information on which actors are driving deforestation.

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Colombia is home to the fifth largest rainforest in the world after Peru. Deforestation, driven primarily by cattle farming, has soared following a peace agreement with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).

  • Tree cover loss (since 2005) 3.28 Mha
  • Value of cattle exports, 2019 $85.4M
  • Deforestation as % of GHG emissions 59%
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Indonesia is home to the third-largest tropical forest in the world, after Brazil and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Palm oil, Indonesia’s top export, is a major driver of deforestation.

  • Tree cover loss (since 2005) 22.14 Mha
  • Value of palm oil exports, 2019 $10.4B
  • Deforestation as % of GHG emissions 74%
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Peru is home to the fourth largest tropical forest in the world. As palm oil production reaches its limits in Southeast Asia, other tropical countries, including Peru, have seen a dramatic increase in production.

  • Tree cover loss (since 2005) 2.54 Mha
  • Value of palm oil exports, 2019 $46.9M
  • Deforestation as % of GHG emissions 62%
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