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27 May 2015

Anne van Schaik & Godwin Ojo, Ecologist

Nigeria: 'No end to Wilmar's palm oil land grabs', say NGOs

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'Deforestation, exploitation, hypocrisy: no end to Wilmar's palm oil land grabs', 27 May 2015: In December 2013 Wilmar adopted a"no deforestation, no peat and no exploitation policy" to address its well-documented environmental and human rights failings…Wilmar gave itself, its subsidiaries, and its third party suppliers two years to...deal…with the land-grabbing cases, human rights abuses, forest destruction and climate impacts that have dogged its operations…[However] Friends of the Earth…continues to see misconduct by Wilmar and its subsidiaries...A…delegation organised by Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria visited affected communities in May 2015…In…Betem, the water supply was severely damaged and polluted by PZ Wilmar's operations…a major source of illness in the community…[In] Idoma, Chief Steven Omari complained: "As a consequence of the Wilmar project, our forest has been seriously degraded. Our timber has been destroyed and they have yet to compensate us. People who were farming in that area lost their land and they have yet to be compensated."…