Global Witness goes undercover to investigate the growing threat facing Papua New Guinea’s communities and tropical forests from palm oil companies driving widespread deforestation and human rights abuses.
Over 30 families from the Kreung indigenous community say that Singapore-based SK Plantations has bulldozed their forests and crops, demolished their homes and sent in security forces to stop them from planting.
The joint venture by Wilmar, Josovina Commodities and Bidco Africa Ltd is establishing its second palm oil project on Buvuma Island and targets to have 1,000ha under trees this year and 5,000ha in four years
The company is also found to have violated the land and cultural rights of local communities, including the right to free prior and informed consent and social requirements on basic needs and grievance and remedy.
The Singaporean-owned company has about 7600 hectares of farmland including a network of 25 properties in the Murray Valley and near Bendigo and in the Victorian Wimmera, carrying about 40,000 breeding sows.
A decade ago, the Indonesian government began to heavily promote large-scale plantation in southern Papua. An investigation recently published explored how some outside investors gained rights to the land and the fallout for the indigenous population. Children were suffering from malnutrition while agricultural commodities are exported from their ancestral land.