Palm oil company in Cameroon drops bid for eco-certification of controversial plantation
Scientists say massive palm oil plantation will "cut the heart out" of Cameroon's rainforest (03/15/2012) Eleven top scientists have slammed a proposed palm oil plantation in a Cameroonian rainforest surrounded by five protected areas. In an open letter, the researchers allege that Herakles Farm, which proposes the 70,000 hectare plantation in southwest Cameroon, has misled the government about the state of the forest to be cleared and has violated rules set by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), of which it's a member. The scientists, many of whom are considered leaders in their field, argue that the plantation will destroy rich forests, imperil endangered species, and sow conflict with local people. Palm oil, poverty, and conservation collide in Cameroon (09/13/2011) Industrial palm oil production is coming to Africa, its ancestral home. And like other places ...