Papua New Guinea indigenous chiefs from Collingwood Bay reject Malaysian oil palm plantation and complain to RSPO

Papua New Guinea indigenous chiefs from Collingwood Bay reject Malaysian oil palm plantation and complain to RSPO

The traditional chiefs of Collingwood Bay in Papua New Guinea's Northern Province have filed a complaint with the RSPO accusing the Malaysian Company, Kuala Lumpur Kepong, of acting contrary to the RSPO Code of Conduct, Certification Systems and Principles and Criteria. In their detailed submission to the RSPO, they note that they have actively opposed oil palm developments on their lands since 2010. Rejecting options of mediation, the chiefs insist that the company desist from developing oil palm on their lands.

Click here to read their complaint to RSPO (in English only).

Update 4 December 2013: “We Do Not Wish to be Slaves on Our Own Lands”

To help the tribes of Collingwood Bay protect their customary lands from the looming threat of industrial palm oil development take action on the Rainforest Action network's website here.