Monday, August 18, 2014

Re: [biofuelwatch] Half of Riau's oil palm plantations are illegal

Poor and disadvantaged Indigenous communities suffer the most from
poor governance of the forest sector, especially as they are denied
active participation in decision-making-processes concerning their
land resources.

Duping us for our Timber logs- Herakles Farms says it is a champion of
sustainability with its biofuel business, and claims that much of the
forest land is already degraded anyway, and the local natives actually
prefer to have the employment instead (NOTING SO FAR). Greenpeace and
others had accused Herakles farms of collaborating to foster illegal
logging at the expense of the Cameroon's treasury, the Nguti local
council and local communities which are supposed to receive a forestry
royalty. Ask the inhabitants of Talangye and Manyemen Villages what
they have received - Noting. SGSOC, Herakles Farms' local subsidiary
in Cameroon purchased Uniprovince in March 2013 with the intention of
generating substantial revenue for themselves and devotees. Local
communities in Nguti Sub-division have expressed anger over the
logging activities of Herakles Farms.
What officials were said before Uniprovince in the region - Large
quantities of wood, the entire area should be exploited by the
ministry and auctioned. Part of the funds from the sale will be paid
to local populations as forestry fees. "People and regional and local
authorities will be entitled to 50% of revenues: 40% for and 10% for
common people," said the regional delegate. The remaining funds will
be paid to the Treasury. MINFoF manages forest resources on the land
even if they fall under the Ministry of Lands and Land Affairs, says
Joseph Nsengue Levodo of MINFoF Regional Delegate for the coastal
region. For forestry legislation is that, when assigning a forest
area, the forest administration sends its agents in the field to
recover and they cut the wood that is in there before the land use. "
Failure to comply with this provision exposes the violator to severe
fines. "The MINFoF may charge him to pay the value of forest resources
in return for what they would cut," warned the head of MINFoF.
Herakles Farms previously claimed that it did not intend to benefit
from the sale of any wood cut on its concession. It is evident today
the sale of timber from the concession is an integral part of its
business following its purchase of Uniprovince. To date the
communities does not have direct benefits from the company in terms of

"Our forest that you see is our only source of income. It has been
destroyed by Herakles Farms. Our existing farms and non-timber forest
products that we gather and sale for a living are all destroyed, this
is not correct in Talangye"

Corruption - How Herakles Farms' illegal timber trade threatens
Cameroon's forests and VPA – Read more -

Betockvoices call on the authorities to investigate and prosecute
Herakles Farms, Uniprovince, Chiefs, and Bureaucrats responsible for
the illegal logging permit granted to Uniprovince.

On 8/18/14, [biofuelwatch]
<> wrote:
> Half of Riau's oil palm plantations are illegal
> Rhett A.
> Butler, August 12, 2014 Tweet
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> Deforestation for palm oil production in Riau, 2014. Photo by Rhett Butler.
> Half of the oil palm plantations in Sumatra's Riau Province are illegal,
> said Indonesia's top forestry official. Speaking to Antara News
> Minister of Forestry Zulkifli Hasan said that two million of Riau's four
> million hectares of Riau's oil palm plantations lack permits. "Only two
> million of the total four million hectares of oil palm plantation area have
> official permit for forest conversion," Zulkifli was quoted as saying. Four
> million hectares represents half the area set aside for plantations in Riau,
> a province that lost 85 percent of its primary forest cover between 1990 and
> 2010. Conversion of rainforests and peatlands for pulp and paper plantations
> is the other major driver of deforestation in Riau. According to a study
> published earlier this year
> oil palm expansion in Riau drove an average of 5.2 million tons of carbon
> dioxide emissions per year between 2000 and 2012. Clearing for oil palm
> plantations is presently the single largest direct driver of deforestation
> in Indonesia and Malaysia. Palm oil, which is used widely as a cooking oil
> across Asia and Africa, is found in a variety of processed foods, soaps, and
> cosmetics. It is also increasingly used for biodiesel, although the biofuel

> market currently represents only a tiny fraction of consumption. Riau's land
> use allocation, according to comments made by Minister of Forestry Zulkifli
> Hasan in August 2014. Annual forest loss in Riau according to research led
> by Matt Hansen. Background: Illegal forest clearing for an oil palm
> plantation in Riau in 2014. Photo by Rhett Butler. Read more at

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