October 10, 2012
On behalf of the the Oroko, Bakossi, and Upper Bayang peoples in the Ndian, Koupé-Manengouba, and Manyu divisions of Cameroon, last week Cultural Survival delivered statements and petitions with 800 signatures from community members to Bruce Wrobel, CEO of Herakles Farms and Delilah Rothenberg, Herakles Farms Project Director at the company's headquarters in New York City.
The petition opposes Herakles Farms palm oil development. Cultural Survival will continue to support advocacy against Herakles Farms oil palm development until Herakles Farms honors the rights of free, prior and informed consent of Indigenous Peoples of Cameroon and the communities impacted.
Recently, Herkales Farm has come under significant presssure from a coalition of organizations, so much so that it withdrew its application to the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) for their oil palm plantation in the Southwest region of Cameroon. The RSPO is a group that certifies palm oil plantations as fulfilling rules for basic environmental sustainability and responsibility towards stakeholders.