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Collection: Herakles Farms Press Briefing (USA) (All Photographers)

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Greenpeace International Campaigner Michelle Medeiros joined with Samuel Nguiffo of the Center for Environment and Development (CED), Moderator Brendan Schwartz of RELUFA, Nasako Bisingi, director of SEFE; and Dr. Joshua Linder, assistant professor of anthropology at James Madison University at a press briefing on the social and environmental impacts of the Herakles Farms palm oil development in the coastal rainforest of southwestern Cameroon.

In September 2009 the US firm Sithe Global Sustainable Oils Cameroon (SGSOC) signed a convention with the Cameroon government for clearing approximately 70,000 hectares in the southwest region of the country. The legality of this deal has been questioned. Soon after, the
project was sold to the US firm Herakles Capital Corp, a company with ties to the New York private equity giant Blackstone Herakles Farms, a company affiliated with Herakles Capital, has been developing and managing the project ever since.

Despite claims by the company that the local environment will be protected and the project will be a force for social good in the region, the proposed plantation has attracted fierce criticism and opposition from local residents and NGOs. One local NGO took SGSOC to court in 2011
for illegally clearing forest to create oil palm nurseries before completing an Environmental and Social Impact Assessment, or receiving a Certificate of Environmental Conformity from the Cameroonian government, as required by law.
Herakles Farms Press Briefing in USA
19 Feb, 2013
Herakles Farms Press Briefing in USA
Herakles Farms Press Briefing in USA
19 Feb, 2013
Herakles Farms Press Briefing in USA
Herakles Farms Press Briefing in USA
19 Feb, 2013
Herakles Farms Press Briefing in USA
Herakles Farms Press Briefing in USA
19 Feb, 2013
Herakles Farms Press Briefing in USA
Herakles Farms Press Briefing in USA
19 Feb, 2013
Herakles Farms Press Briefing in USA
Herakles Farms Press Briefing in USA
19 Feb, 2013
Herakles Farms Press Briefing in USA
Herakles Farms Press Briefing in USA
19 Feb, 2013
Herakles Farms Press Briefing in USA
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