The Golden Veroleum Liberia (GVL) concession agreement was concluded on 16th August 2010 and provides a lease for 220,000 ha of land to GVL in Liberia's southern counties. Community grievances concerning the loss of land to the company, the destruction of crops and water sources, the lack of respect for communities' rights to free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) in land acquisition and associated allegations of intimidation, arrests and harassment directed at community leaders, led to several complaints.
This is a fast moving situation and this case study can only capture the background situation (as outlined above) and how things stand at this particular moment. In this chapter we consider what progress has been made (if any) in GVL's practice with respect to FPIC.
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