Deal #5446

Location #1

Spatial accuracy level
Administrative region
Location
Gbarpolu, Liberia

Target country
Liberia

Land area

Intended size (in ha)
5000.0
Size under contract (leased or purchased area, in ha)
[2011] 5000

Intention of investment

Intention of investment
Forest logging / management (for wood and fibre)

Nature of the deal

Nature of the deal
Concession
Comment on nature of the deal
Private User Permit (PUP)

Negotiation status

Negotiation status
[2011] Concluded (Contract signed)
[2013] Failed (Contract cancelled)
Comment on negotiation status
PUP-17. five-year renewable Memorandum of Understanding with the locals of Gboe Chiefdom." Executive Order No. 44 placed a moratorium on the issuance of PUPs inearly 2013. The presidential decree suspended activities involving or related to the felling of logs as well as the export of logs under any PUPs granted, authorized or approved by the Government of Liberia through the Forestry Development Authority."

Implementation status

Implementation status
In operation (production)

Contract #1

Contract date
2011-11-01
Duration of the agreement (in years)
5

Number of total jobs created

Jobs created (total)
Yes
Current number of jobs (total)
491

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Data source #1

Data source type
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File
Comment on data source
LEITI Companies database.

Data source #2

Data source type
Media report
File
Date
2016-04-21
Comment on data source
Liberia: Hardwood Corporation Risk Expulsion

Data source #3

Data source type
Government sources
File
Publication title
EXECUTIVE ORDER N0. 44 PROTECTING LIBERIAN FORESTS BY A TEMPORARY MORATORIUM ON PRIVATE USE PERMITS
Date
2013

How did the community react?

Community reaction
Rejection

Promised benefits for local communities

Promised benefits for local communities
Health
Education
Other
Comment on promised benefits for local communities
"The company promised to construct hand pumps and clinics in all project affected communities to assist us with quality safe drinking water and health care delivery. To date, Liberian Hardwood has done nothing. The company also promised to award ten scholarships to youth of Gboe Chiefdom, but up to present, not a single copy book has been given to a primary school student around here, least to mention scholarship".

Materialized benefits for local communities

Comment on materialized benefits for local communities
Hardwood is not implementing any of the provisions indicated in the signed social agreement. According to one report "Since 2011, this company has done nothing for any of the twelve towns comprising Gboe Chiefdom, which is the affected community, other than felling and transporting logs from our forest.”

Former land owner (not by constitution)

Former land owner
Community

Former land use

Former land use
Forestry

Former land cover

Former land cover
Forest land

Detailed crop, animal and mineral information

Crops area
Trees (unspecified)

Use of produce

Has export
Yes

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