Deal #7406

Location #1

Spatial accuracy level
Administrative region
Location
Sinoe, Liberia

Target country
Liberia
Location description
Nomupoh district
Comment on location
Sinoe County, Numopoh district

Land area

Intended size (in ha)
7220.0
Size under contract (leased or purchased area, in ha)
[2016] 7220
Comment on land area
Another reports claim the land size is 7,320 hectares.

Intention of investment

Intention of investment
[2016] Forest logging / management (for wood and fibre)

Nature of the deal

Nature of the deal
Concession
Comment on nature of the deal
CFMA 5 (Numopoh)- Sub-contracted to Delta Timber (Agreement between community and Delta Timber Company)

Negotiation status

Negotiation status
[2016] Concluded (Contract signed)
Comment on negotiation status
contract was signed in 2016

Implementation status

Implementation status
[2018] In operation (production)

Leasing fees

Annual leasing fee
1.25
Annual leasing fee currency
US Dollar ($)
Annual leasing fee type
per ha
Comment on leasing fees
Another amount of US$3.00 for every cubic meter log felled to be paid on a quarterly basis.

Contract #1

Contract number
CFMA 5 (Numopoh)
Contract date
2016-05-12
Duration of the agreement (in years)
5
Comment on contract
Agreement subject to periodic review every 2 years.

Operating company

Name of investment project
Numopoh Community Forest

 

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Data source #1

Data source type
Contract
File
Publication title
COMMUNITY FOREST MANAGEMENT AGREEMENT
Date
2016

Data source #2

Data source type
Research Paper / Policy Report
File
Publication title
DELTA TIMBER COMPANY IN FLAGRANT DISREGARD TO LIBERIAN FORESTRY LAWS
Date
2018

Data source #3

Data source type
Research Paper / Policy Report
File
Publication title
https://www.globalwitness.org/documents/18740/Liberia_logging_accountability_report_AW_lowres.pdf
Date
2017-02

Names of communities / indigenous peoples affected

Comment on communities / indigenous peoples affected
The community is located between large forest, with low levels of infrastructural development (roads, schools and clinics).

Recognitions status of community land tenure

Recognition status of community land tenure
Community traditional or customary rights recognized by government
Comment on recognitions status of community land tenure
The community has two paramount chiefs.

Consultation of local community

Comment on consultation of local community
Company took advantage of the limited knowledge of the community on forests laws and the permit FDA issued to the community, to exploit them.

Presence of land conflicts

Presence of land conflicts
Yes
Comment on presence of land conflicts
Caused by DTA operating in two forests that were not under the permitted area.

Negative impacts for local communities

Comment on negative impacts for local communities
Damaged water points

Promised or received compensation

Promised compensation (e.g. for damages or resettlements)
US$3.00 CUBIC METER ON CUT LOG
Received compensation (e.g. for damages or resettlements)
Did not materialise.

Promised benefits for local communities

Promised benefits for local communities
Health
Education
Roads
Capacity Building
Comment on promised benefits for local communities
Engahe in community development programs including; Construction of a junior high school and clinics within 18 months of operation. Provide 8 scholarships fannualy to citizens of the affected community (3 University and 5 high school students). Citizens of the affected community will be given preference for employment for skilled and unskilled labour jobs, particularly for the following positions;human resource officer, scaler, public relations officer, bush manager and drivers.

Materialized benefits for local communities

Comment on materialized benefits for local communities
DTA has not fulfilled any of its commitment to the community as enshrined in the contract.

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

Presence of organizations and actions taken (e.g. farmer organizations, NGOs, etc.)
Community members have protest against DTA 's illegal logging activities and also tried to engage FDA through formal letters since 2017 to no avail. Numopoh CFMB communicated to the company on several occassions to stop operating in forests that wee not allocated to it but the company refused. In 2018, Volunteer to Support International Efforts in Developing Countries (VOSIDA) released a forest assessment report which shows DTC was in persistant violations of Liberian forestry laws. In 2019, the NGO Coalition of Liberia, urged the government to institute an investigation into the alleged illegal logging of Delta Timber Company’s (DTC).

Former land owner (not by constitution)

Former land owner
Community

Former land use

Former land use
Smallholder agriculture
Hunting/Gathering
Forestry
Comment on former land use
The main community is agriculture. However, hunting, fishing and extraction of wood and processing other non-timber forest products for marketing.

Detailed crop, animal and mineral information

Crops area
Trees (unspecified)

Overall comment

Overall comment
Company is involved in illegal logging activities and has not fulfilled the commitment it made to the affected community,

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