Thursday, May 23, 2013

[biofuelwatch] Fw: Herakles' Cameroon palm oil project halted | Greenpeace International







This is an excellent report which we hope the Cameroon government should also be made aware of.

Thanks for this report and a good read for those interested!

Subject: Fw: Herakles' Cameroon palm oil project halted | Greenpeace International


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If you want to understand the problematic nature of palm oil development in Cameroon, there's a must-read report now available online. The Programme for the Sustainable Management of Natural Resources (PSMNR), a German government-supported program of Cameroon's Ministry of Forestry and Wildlife, has published the results of its February 2013 fact-finding mission to the Herakles Farms palm oil development area.  The team's findings paint a damning picture of the so-called "sustainable" and "environmentally benign" project. The report details illegality, corruption, inadequate community consultation and insufficient environmental protection across the concession area.

The report is available on the Cameroon Veritas website. Cameroon Veritas is the go-to source for reports and documents related to the Herakles Farms project (including a leaked copy of the project's Establishment Convention).
Greenpeace has published several reports on the project, including one in collaboration with the Oakland Institute. The Center for the Environment and Development and RELUFA, two Yaounde-based organizations, have also published reports on the Herakles Farms project. The company has attacked these reports, dismissing them as uninformed and biased. This latest report, prepared by recognized experts on behalf of a governmental program, will be hard for Herakles Farms to dismiss out of hand. This is not the work of "activists," but a detailed account of an official mission.
The report describes the fact-finding mission's methodology, which included open discussions with community representatives in villages throughout the concession area (the villages and participants are included in the report):

The team explained that PSMNR wasn't against Herakles Farms (SGSOC) project but wanted to ensure that the community was fully aware of what they were negotiating. These sessions were organized to enable communities to reflect and take a better informed decision towards the Herakles Farms (SGSOC) project and better negotiate with the company. For those who have already entered into the negotiation process, the team provided recommendations on what bases to re-negotiate the agreement which can better contribute to their development and to the conservation of their natural and social environment. 





































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