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Cameroon: Local communities concerned about the potential social and environmental impacts of a large scale palm oil project

Author: Kiven B. Nsodzefe, Cameroon-Info.Net (Cameroon), Published on: 16 September 2019

"Cameroon – Land Exploitation: Nyete Community Express Concerns Over New Palm Project, Say Other Industries Haven’t Developed Their Lands As Promised", 12 September 2019

The community of Nyete...have expressed concerns over a new palm project which will occupy over 3000 hectares of their land, despite the fact that other companies operating in their community have brought more harm than good to them. They expressed their frustration...during a meeting to evaluate the social and environmental impact of the new palm project on the population...The project to be carried out by a company called Camvert Sarl involves the cutting down of trees that occupy over 60,000 hectares of land...

...Cameroon civil society organisations...wrote a statement against the said project, stating it would have serious consequences on the community. The Chief of Adjab in Nyete...said he was not comfortable with the decision permitting Camvert to carry out its objectives, given the fact that, the presence of other oil companies such as Hevecam and Socapalm [Société Camerounaise de Palmeraies], hasn’t brought much change to the community, as it is still impoverished.The area to be exploited by Camvert is currently home to varied species of wildlife...Civil Society Organisations dealing with the environment and maintenance of wildlife species indicate that animals such as elephants, Buffaloes, great apes live within this 60,000 ectares of land...

They are also worried about the increase in land pressure and...the population is still uncomfortable with the project.However, the Divisional Officer Mbotiji Hotison, says the state cannot dive into a project which will not benefit the population. He insisted the state thought of the wellbeing of the population before agreeing to the project which is said to be 100% Cameroonian.

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