Community leaders arrested near Feronia’s Congo palm oil site, NGO claims

Monday, September 23rd, 2019

Locals opposed to presence of palm oil giant in Lokutu reportedly arrested and beaten by police and security guards employed by the Canadian firm.

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IN-DEPTH: One year after Coming Storm, temporary halt in deforestation not an end to Congo basin’s threats

Thursday, April 4th, 2019

One year ago Earthsight published Coming Storm, showing that a toxic mix of dodgy firms, impunity and collusion in the plantation sector threatened to consign Congo rainforests to the same fate as Southeast Asia and the Amazon. Since then, Earthsight’s report has helped trigger some positive action by companies, though the persistence of low palm and rubber prices have been the main factor preventing an acceleration of the destruction. Our new research shows that a number of firms have halted clearing, with one company pressured to do so following divestment by the world’s largest sovereign wealth fund. On the other hand, Earthsight has found new links between a palm firm in the Central African Republic and a warlord facing trial for crimes against humanity. And the underlying secrecy and lack of government transparency remain as bad as ever.

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Military open fire on communities protesting oil palm development in DRC

Friday, March 22nd, 2019

Tensions between local communities in DRC and Canadian oil palm company Feronia have escalated in recent months following a complaint presented last year to the company’s international financial backers. Affected communities have denounced displacement and occupation of their ancestral lands.

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Revealed: the carbon time-bomb inside the world’s largest tropical peatland

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

The world’s largest tropical peatland has recently been discovered in the swamp forests of the Congo Basin. By far the largest current threat to this uniquely valuable ecosystem is a giant concession issued to Malaysian firm Atama Plantation for the development of palm oil. This company has been repeatedly found to be operating illegally.

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