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Location #1

Spatial accuracy level
Administrative region
Location
Belo, Cameroon

Target country
Cameroon
Comment on location
Kribi, Loukondje, Bipindi, Lolordof and Mvengue regions.

Land area

Intended size (in ha)
200000
Size under contract (leased or purchased area, in ha)
[2012] 3348
Comment on land area
Initial parcel of 3348ha. An additional 21552ha is being demarcated (2014).

Intention of investment

Intention of the investment
Agriculture unspecified

Nature of the deal

Nature of the deal
Lease

Negotiation status

Negotiation status
[2011] Concluded (Contract signed)
Comment on negotiation status
Announced in Aug 2011. The company signed an agreement in 2011 with the government, who would provide 200 000ha for this project. In March 2012, 3,348ha was signed off for nursery, not clear if remaining areas fully signed off or just under memorandum of understanding with the authorities. 3 year lease for the area signed in 2012.

Implementation status

Implementation status
[2014] Project not started
Comment on implementation status
Environmental and Social impact assessment will be completed once the additional land has been demarcated.

Contract farming

Contract farming
No

Contract #1

Duration of the agreement (in years)
3

Operating company

Comment on investment chain
Will be jointly developed with Cameroon’s National Investment Corporation.

 

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Data source #1

Data source type
Media report
File

Data source #2

Data source type
Company sources
File

Data source #3

Data source type
Research Paper / Policy Report
File
Date
2013-02-01
Comment on data source
Seeds of destruction by Rainforest people

Data source #4

Data source type
Media report
Comment on data source
LAND GRABBING FOR BIOFUELS MUST STOP: February 2013 Aerial photo of the lands taken by Addax Bioenergy for its sugar cane plantation in Sierra Leone. (Photo: Le Temps) Grain- EU biofuel policies are displacing communities and starving the planet, February 2013

Data source #5

Data source type
Research Paper / Policy Report
File
Comment on data source
Grain-Planet Palm Oil, September 2014

Data source #6

Data source type
Research Paper / Policy Report
File
Comment on data source
Grain-Feeding the 1%, September 2014

Data source #7

Data source type
Company sources
File
Date
2014-06-14
Comment on data source
Biopalm response to greenpeace letter

Data source #8

Data source type
Company sources
File
Date
2014-06-14
Comment on data source
Biopalm response to greenpeace letter

Consultation of local community

Community consultation
Not consulted
Comment on consultation of local community
No Free Prior and Informed Consent for local Bagyeli indigenous people.

How did the community react?

Community reaction
Rejection
Comment on community reaction
The community have issued a petition against the project.

Former land owner (not by constitution)

Former land owner
State
Comment on former land owner
The land was initially part of SOCAPALM's plantations in the 1970's, however this land was incorporated into state lands in the late 1997 and set aside for production.

Former land use

Former land use
Other
Comment on former land use
Held by the state for productive use in the future, land was idle.

Former land cover

Former land cover
Forest land
Comment on former land cover
One site Siva is trying to secure is UFA 00-003, a Forest Management Unit (logging concession, part of the ‘Permanent Forest Estate’) managed by MMG

Detailed crop, animal and mineral information

Crops area
Oil Palm

In country processing of produce

In country processing of produce
Yes
Comment on in country processing of produce
Palm oil

Overall comment

Overall comment
Announced in Aug 2011. In South-East Cameroon. 3,000ha signed off for nursery, not clear if remaining areas fully signed off or just under memorandum of understanding with the authorities. No Free Prior and Informed Consent for local Bagyeli indigenous people. Biopalm is subsidiary of Singapore-based Siva Group, which is owned by an Indian billionaire. Will be jointly developed with Cameroon’s National Investment Corporation. No reports that ground has yet been broken. Expect to produce 60,000 tpa by 2016. Kribi, Loukondje, Bipindi, Lolordof and Mvengue regions. The company is said to be seeking ‘at least’ 200,000 ha in Cameroon, not in one block, and has reportedly ‘already been accorded 50,000ha in Ocean Division, with authority to develop 10,000ha yearly’. One site Siva is trying to secure is UFA 00-003, a Forest Management Unit (logging concession, part of the ‘Permanent Forest Estate’) managed by MMG. Biopalm is also a joint venture partner in new oil palm plantations in Liberia, and targeting oil palm investments in DRC.

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