Friday, May 30, 2014

[biofuelwatch] Herakles Farms (SG SOC) Misrepresenting the condition of our rain forest in Cameroon

Greenpeace accuses Herakles Farms of illegal felling through a front
company. The Link -

BetockVoices - Herakles Farms (SG SOC) Misrepresenting the condition

of our rain forest (and the social impacts of its development)……..
Herakles Farms (SG SOC) has claimed that the land targeted for its

plantation, "…consists primarily of fragmented and degraded landscape
devoid of any large tracts of the original moist evergreen lowland
forest with its characteristic dense and continuous closed canopy has
been heavily exploited and now remains as secondary forest…and of low
biodiversity value and is a biodiversity cold spot". To support its
claims, Herakles Farms cites letters from Cameroon government
ministries which state (without accompanied evidence) that the
plantation area has been heavily logged and is covered by "secondary
forest". Additionally, Herakles Farms cites its ESIA and HCV
assessment as evidence that extensive human use and commercial logging
have seriously degraded the habitat in the plantation area.

Bureaucrats repeatedly refused to acknowledge these facts on the
ground like corruption and land rights …….. In May 2013 a
German-Cameroonian a fact-finding mission to the Herakles Farms (SG
SOC) concession area has generated news coverage. The AFP article
posted was published in Les Echos. Interestingly, this article refers
to "corruption" and brings up the food and drink that Herakles Farms
has given communities.

Herakles Farms (SG SOC) has attacked reports, dismissing them as
uninformed and biased. Reports have details illegality…… corruption,
bribes, intimidation, inadequate community consultation and
insufficient environmental protection across the concession area.
Today Herakles Farms is a leading illegal Timber logging export
business and will destroy the local farming communities in our region.

"Corruption is a tragedy for Cameroon's agriculture and food security".
Voice of the voiceless

Are communities able to make "free" and "informed" decisions about
giving away their land? Corruption is any abuse of a position of trust
to gain an unfair advantage. This includes both corrupting someone
else and being corrupted oneself.

Posted by: BETOCKVOICES The Farmers <>

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