Photo A group of Women from the Fabe village, threatened by Herakles' oil palm project
Bye Bye Herakles
A group of Women from the Fabe village, threatened by Herakles' oil palm project
Herakles Farms, a New York based investment firm and the parent company of SG Sustainable Oils Cameroon (SGSOC) formally abandoned its plan to establish oil palm plantations astride the Iconic Korup National Park and Rumpi Hills Forest Reserve in Cameroon.
Supported by an "eco-friendly" non-profit owned by Bruce Wrobel, former Managing Director of Sithe Global and Founder of Herakles Capital Corporation, the oil palm project would have brought disastrous pollution resulting from pesticides, fertilizers and herbicides and sewage disposal; adversely affecting the health of animals in the Korup Park that depend on the water.
The project would have also degraded the livelihoods of the Baka, Bakola, Bedzang and Bagyeli --so-called 'Pygmy' peoples--who are are heavily dependent on the region for subsistence.
Sacred Sacred site custodians from Bale Ethiopia.
Indigenous custodians from Benin, Uganda, Kenya and Ethiopia issued a challenge for the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights to protect sacred sites, governance systems and custodians in a ‘decisive policy and legislative response’ to the new scramble for Africa and its impact on Indigenous territories.
In their statement, the custodians describe the centrality of sacred sites to their existence, writing that "Sacred natural sites are where we come from, the heart of life. They are our roots and our inspiration. We cannot live without our sacred natural sites, and we are responsible for protecting them."
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