Deal #1392

Location #1

Spatial accuracy level
Administrative region
Location
Gbarpolu, Liberia

Target country
Liberia

Location #2

Spatial accuracy level
Administrative region
Location
Lofa, Liberia

Target country
Liberia

Land area

Intended size (in ha)
119240.0
Size under contract (leased or purchased area, in ha)
[2008] 119240
Comment on land area
Intended size not clear- intended size is contract size. Lofa- 74186 ha Gbarpolu- 45054 ha

Intention of investment

Intention of investment
Timber plantation (for wood and fibre)

Nature of the deal

Nature of the deal
Lease
Comment on nature of the deal
Forest Management Contract, contract expires 2024/05/26.

Negotiation status

Negotiation status
[2009] Concluded (Contract signed)
Comment on negotiation status
2009/05/27, contract number FMC-A. Another source states contract start date is 06:10:2008.

Implementation status

Comment on implementation status
In 2016, a report noted that Alpha “did not agree a Social Agreement with the affected communities of Gbarpolu County because of the company disagreement on the cost to construct a standard bridge over the St. Paul River between Gbarpolu and Bong County. By law, logging cannot start until a Social Agreement is signed, so Alpha has not been able to operate in Gbarpol.

Leasing fees

Annual leasing fee
10.05
Annual leasing fee currency
US Dollar ($)
Annual leasing fee type
per ha
Comment on leasing fees
US$10.05/year/ha (from the contract). For the period 1 July 2010 - 30 June 2011 the company paid US$100,000 surface rental (=US$1.19/ha). The company must also give the government a US $250,000 performance bond before the company starts work. Data obtained from a formal source.

Contract #1

Contract number
FMC-001
Contract date
2008-10-06
Contract expiration date
2033-10-05
Duration of the agreement (in years)
25
Comment on contract
The contract was signed 6 October 2008 and approved 27-05-2009.

Number of total jobs created

Jobs created (total)
Yes
Current number of employees (total)
[2019] 75
Comment on jobs created (total)
Of the 75 workers, only 15% are full time . The company only have 2 female employees.The wages for some of these workers was US$3.50 per day, which does not meet the official minimum wage.

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Data source #1

Data source type
Contract
File
Open Contracting ID
ocds-591adf-0315234670

Data source #2

Data source type
Media report
File
Comment on data source
Echo. SDI Environment and Development Newsletter. Volume 2, no3. August 2009.

Data source #3

Data source type
Government sources
File
Comment on data source
Leiti 4th Reconciliation Report

Data source #4

Data source type
Media report
File
Date
2009-02-11
Comment on data source
The Liberian Journal- Prez Sirleaf Signs Forest Contract With Alpha Logging & Wood Processing Co.

Data source #5

Data source type
Research Paper / Policy Report
File
Comment on data source
Sustainable Development Institute. LIBERIA – The Promise Betrayed. January 2010.

Data source #6

Data source type
Other (Please specify in comment field)
File
Comment on data source
LEITI Companies database

Data source #7

Data source type
Research Paper / Policy Report
File
Comment on data source
Global Witness- Holding the Line? February 2013.

Data source #8

Data source type
Other (Please specify in comment field)
Comment on data source
social agreement

Data source #9

Data source type
Research Paper / Policy Report

Data source #10

Data source type
Research Paper / Policy Report
File
Publication title
An Assessment of Employment Conditions for Logging Company Workers in Three Forest Management Contracts in Liberia
Date
2019-12

Data source #11

Data source type
Research Paper / Policy Report
Publication title
ABRIDGED SIMPLIFIED CONTRACT MATRIX Designed for Multistakeholders Reference LIBERIA EXTRACTIVE INDUSTRIES
Date
2015-12

Data source #12

Data source type
Other (Please specify in comment field)
File
Comment on data source
Liberia Forest Atlas

Names of communities / indigenous peoples affected

Comment on communities / indigenous peoples affected
The Affected Communities of the FMCA Concession in Gbarpolu County consists of twelve towns and two villages. The main livelihood activity of the community dwellers is subsistence farming. Alternative livelihood activities include hunting and small-scale illicit gold mining.

Promised or received compensation

Promised compensation (e.g. for damages or resettlements)
Alpha logging Company agrees to pay $1.50 USD/cubic meter to the Community Forestry Development Committee upon commencement of Alpha Logging Company operations apart from the payment of 30% land rental ($2.50) per hectare) to the Community benefit shoring scheme.

Promised benefits for local communities

Promised benefits for local communities
Health
Education
Roads
Capacity Building
Financial Support
Comment on promised benefits for local communities
Alpha Logging will participate fully in major Community development programs.Alpha Logging promised to build and modernize junior high school, build roads to link all the major towns and major crossing points,build new or modernize existing health clinics in the concession area as well as establish a local scholarship program for student from the affected community so that local students may attend universities. To also provide first preference for employment for skilled and unskilled citizens of the affected communities in GouNwoloilo and Bokomu Districts.

Materialized benefits for local communities

Comment on materialized benefits for local communities
no document showing materialization of these benefits.

Presence of organizations and actions taken (e.g. farmer organizations, NGOs, etc.)

Presence of organizations and actions taken (e.g. farmer organizations, NGOs, etc.)
The Civil Society-Independent Forest Monitoring (CS-IFM) team of the NGO Coalition of Liberia visited Guo-nwolaila and Bokomu Districts 16th – 20th December 2015 and interviewed communities affected by the activities of Alpha logging.

Detailed crop, animal and mineral information

Crops area
Trees (unspecified)

In country processing of produce

In country processing of produce
Yes
Comment on in country processing of produce
TIM (Timber production)

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