An investigative report reveals impacts on forests and local people of biggest palm oil plantations in Congo Basin (Focus on three major palm oil projects in the Republic of Congo, Cameroon and Gabon)
RF UK reports in a new publication “Seeds of Destruction” that half a million hectares of industrial oil palm expansion projects are getting underway in the Congo Basin rainforest, which will result in a fivefold increase in the area of active large-scale palm plantations in the region.
Approximately two-thirds of the total forest area of the Congo Basin’s forests – 115 million hectares – is believed to have suitable soil and climate for growing oil palms. Around 1.6 million hectares of new oil palm developments have been announced since 2009 , and palm oil companies are actively searching for larger areas.
Seeds of destruction – the full report: http://www.rainforestfoundationuk.org/files/Seeds%20of%20Destruction,%20February%202013.pdf