Forest Peoples Programme Supporting forest peoples’ rights

Hollow Promises: An FPIC assessment of Golden Veroleum and Golden Agri-Resource’s palm oil project in Liberia

Forest Peoples Programme
15 April, 2015

Several years of fieldwork by the Forest Peoples Programme (FPP) and civil society partners in Liberia has revealed the extent to which palm oil company Golden Veroleum Liberia (GVL) and its lead investor Golden Agri-Resources (GAR) are continuing to operate without the free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) of local communities within their concession area, despite the companies’ claims to have learned from past mistakes.

The reportHollow Promises: An FPIC assessment of Golden Veroleum and Golden Agri-Resource’s palm oil project in Liberia’ reveals how the companies have caused community division and conflict, have profoundly misled communities who have little or no access to independent legal advice, and have benefited from local government coercion and intimidation of communities, with a variety of poor socio-economic and cultural outcomes evident.

Click here to download the full report. For the Executive Summary click here.