Deal #7647

Location #1

Spatial accuracy level
Administrative region
Location
South, Cameroon

Target country
Cameroon
Comment on location
Located in the districts of Nyete and Campo subdivisions of the Ocean Division, Cameroon.

Land area

Intended size (in ha)
60000.0
Comment on land area
Camvert, intends to convert 60,000 hectares (148,000 acres) of forest here into oil palm plantations. Anothe report suggest that this industrial plantation, which will extend over 50,000 ha, will encompass 5,000 ha of village and community plantations

Intention of investment

Intention of investment
Agriculture unspecified
Comment on intention of investment
To establish a palm oil production unit and a processing agro-industrial complex.

Nature of the deal

Nature of the deal
Lease

Negotiation status

Negotiation status
[current] Intended (Under negotiation)
Comment on negotiation status
However,tThe discovery that Camvert has begun clearing forest and establishing a nursery leads to fear the public consultation and legally mandated review process are rigged

Implementation status

Implementation status
[current] Project not started
Comment on implementation status
The community discovered that Camvert SARL has begun setting up a nursery for oil palm saplings.

Contract farming

Contract farming
Yes

Operating company

Operating company

 

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Data source #1

Data source type
Media report
File
Publication title
Cameroun : la communauté de Nyete exprime ses inquiétudes au sujet du nouveau projet de plantation de palmiers
Date
2019-09-13

Data source #2

Data source type
Media report
File
Publication title
Environment: anger of farmers in the South against the exploitation of 60,000 hectares of forest
Date
2019-09-27

Data source #3

Data source type
Media report
File
Publication title
NGOs reject new oil palm plantation in southern Cameroon
Date
2019-12-25

Names of communities / indigenous peoples affected

Comment on communities / indigenous peoples affected
The forest is also a cultural asset and spiritual sanctuary for the Bagyeli indigenous peoples.

Consultation of local community

Community consultation
Limited consultation
Comment on consultation of local community
The discovery that Camvert has begun clearing forest and establishing a nursery leads NGOs to fear the public consultation and legally mandated review process are rigged

How did the community react?

Community reaction
Mixed reaction
Comment on community reaction
The chief of the WOab of Nyete ... declared that he was not comfortable with the decision to allow Camvert to achieve its objectives, given that the presence of other companies like Hevecam and Socapalm [ Société Camerounaise de Palmeraies ], has brought little change to the community because it is still impoverished. Romain Kowe , traditional chief of Ebodje, Campo district, is also not at ease with this agro-industrial project. However, in places like Campo, where there is little or no social infrastructure, the people are more receptive, hoping it will bring jobs and development.

Negative impacts for local communities

Negative impacts for local communities
Environmental degradation
Socio-economic
Cultural loss
Other
Comment on negative impacts for local communities
The area to be exploited by CAMVERT Sarl, is currently home to varied species of wildlife, and it is feared that with trees cut down, these animals will be forced to look for new habitat and some might die along the way DUE TO DEFORESTATION. Traditional activities, fishing in particular, are threatened. As forest people, there are sacred forests in which we do our rites that are in danger of disappearing.

Promised or received compensation

Promised compensation (e.g. for damages or resettlements)
They promise alternative jobs and activities like cattle breeding.

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

Presence of organizations and actions taken (e.g. farmer organizations, NGOs, etc.)
A group of Cameroon civil society organisations on the 14th of August, wrote a statement against the said project, stating it would have serious consequences on the community.

Former land owner (not by constitution)

Former land owner
Community

Former land use

Former land use
Forestry
Conservation

Detailed crop, animal and mineral information

Crops area
Oil Palm

Jan. 20, 2020, 12:23 p.m.

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