Video / Audio - Plantations

The Herakles Debacle

The Herakles Debacle

From its very name, American-owned SG Sustainable Oils Cameroon, Ltd. (SGSOC) presents a pro-environment, pro-resources image. This is supported by an impressive- sounding partnership with an NGO by the name of All for Africa and as a package typifies the kind of convoluted modern-day foreign investment going on in Africa. It is sadly all too familiar to communities on the ground. They are unimpressed with promises of infrastructure and jobs, and angry about their loss of land and livelihoods. It is also part of a strategy to deceive the public into believing that there is logic to cutting down rainforests to make room for palm oil plantations. (Oakland Institute, 2012)


Oil Palm in Africa. Voices from the communities

Oil Palm in Africa. Voices from the communities

Industrial oil palm plantations are rapidly expanding, not only in Liberia. In many African countries expansion projects are happening and plans are announced. Everywhere they go, the companies promise jobs and development. (World Rainforest Movement, 2013)


Colombian Afro-descendant communities commemorate 15 years of forced displacement

Colombian Afro-descendant communities commemorate 15 years of forced displacement

15 years ago more than 4,000 people were displaced from the Lower Atrato region of Choco. Two military operations would mark the local population's destiny: "Black September" and "Operation Genesis." In February 2012, in an act of remembrance for the forced displacement that took place, approximately 200 people walked together across the River Basins of Curbaradó and Jiguamiandó. (PBI, 2012)


Our Forest, Our Lives: A Story from Muara Tae

Our Forest, Our Lives: A Story from Muara Tae

The Dayak Benuaq community of Muara Tae, in Indonesia’s East Kalimantan Province, are engaged in a fight against oil palm companies encroaching on their indigenous territory. (Gekko Studio, 2011)


Saving Sumatra’s Peatland Forests

Saving Sumatra’s Peatland Forests

In order to protect the planet's climate, it is crucial to save what is left of the world's forests. Sumatra, Indonesia is home to unique peatland forests harbouring some of the world's carbon richest soil. We cannot afford to let them go up in smoke. (Greenpeace, 2009)


Corporate Branding: Asia Pulp & Paper - Reforestation Television Ad

Corporate Branding: Asia Pulp & Paper - Reforestation Television Ad

This is an advertisement BY Asia Pulp & Paper (APP)


Believe in APP Sinar Mas?

Believe in APP Sinar Mas?

Do you believe the slogans of Sinar Mas? Do they have sustainable forest industry practices, do they protect tiger habitats, do they care about the local communities? (Greenpeace Indonesia, 2011)


Paper Tiger

ABC examines the impact of the world's largest paper plant on Indonesia's delicate ecosystems. Riau province in Sumatra, Indonesia, is home to the world's biggest paper plant. Owned and run by Asia Pacific Resources International Ltd (APRIL), the company has embarked on a massive land clearing project. It is removing natural stands of timber and replanting fast-growing acacia trees - which it says will feed the plant. APRIL describes the programme as sustainable and preferable to the ad hoc land clearing and burning which blights much of Indonesia's archipelago. But the project faces claims of corruption while the rapidly diminishing Sumatran jungle is adding dramatically to Indonesia's greenhouse gas outputs and threatening biodiversity. (ABC 2011)


Behind the Page - Part 1

Behind the Page - Part 1

Behind the Page (Di Balik Kertas) is a 2 part film about industrial timber plantations (HTI) in Indonesia. The film is designed to be used by local facilitators and communities whose lands are in or near existing HTI permit areas, or in areas where new permits for mills or HTI plantations will be allocated. The film is based on the voices of people from 8 communities in Papua, North Sumatra, Riau and Jambi, which have lost part or all of their ancestral land to HTI. How has this change impacted their community economies, their water, culture, food security and land rights? And how are they organising themselves to face these challenges? (LifeMosaic, 2012)


Behind the Page - Part 2

Behind the Page - Part 2

This is part 2 of a 2 part film about industrial timber plantations (HTI) in Indonesia. The film is designed to be used by local facilitators and communities whose lands are in or near existing HTI permit areas, or in areas where new permits for mills or HTI plantations will be allocated. This film looks at strategies and tactics that communities are using to defend their rights when facing Industrial Tree Plantations. There are many examples where communities have been successful in getting what they want for the future of their land. Some communities may want to negotiate with the company specifying which areas of community land the company can use, and which areas it must leave alone. Other communties may chose to refuse mills or plantations on their lands altogether, and others may wish to regain their lands from a HTI concession that is already established. For any of these situations it is essential that a community is well organised, well informed and united in order to make wise decisions and effective strategies for their futures. (LifeMosaic, 2012)


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