Sunday, June 1, 2014

[biofuelwatch] KEEP THE BOUNTY - Only help us expose the corrupt officials in this matter.

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.

Sign the petition:

New Revealing report on illegal conversion timber undermining the VPA
- In a new report Licence to Launder Greenpeace reveals how the
controversial US based company Herakles Farms has colluded with
Cameroonian government officials to illegally obtain a permit to
export timber harvested to establish a palm oil plantation in the
South West region of the country. The illegal deal undermines the
Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) concluded between Cameroon and
the EU.

"Herakles Farms is a test case for the credibility of forest
governance in the VPA era. The EU will have to show it is able to get
its partner, Cameroon, to honour the partnership agreement,"
Greenpeace says.

The case was brought to the attention of the Prosecutor in Cameroon,
asking for the timber to be seized and that Herakles Farms and any
government officials involved in the illegal allocation of the permit
are held accountable.

With Thanks

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