Socapalm case in Cameroon

SOCAPALM company which produces palm oil uses heavy agrochemicals. Additionally company massively saves on purification treatments and factory massively pollute the neighbouring streams. Cases of sicknesses within the village population have been reported.

Ongoing conflict? no
Conflict type Land use conflicts
Resources solid wood
Issues 1 social, 2 economical, 3 ecological, 4 cultural
Keywords Cameroon, palm oil, Socapalm, pollutions
Start date 2003
End date 2003
Reason(s) for conflict
Intensity violent action
What are the stakeholders' conflicting values or interests Company converted the land which was previously used by locals into palm oil plantation. Socapalm uses massively chemicals in production process which pollutes the river. Company guards prevent the access/or trans-passage to locals. Quite often locals are beaten by the guards.
Barriers for dialogue Oil palm plantations benefit from a large national and international support, this type of agro-industry will keep on spreading, in parallel with a worsening of the mentioned social and ecological impacts
Forums for dialogue Stepping in of either regional or central government together with international ENGOs to solve the current conflicts.
Suggestions for conflict resolution / transformation Joint and trustworthy dialog which involves international parties