Over time GVL is engaged with communities at various stages of dialogue about developing land for Oil Palm. These engagements have ensued from formal or informal invitations from the communities for GVL to develop in their traditional areas. GVL has also received numerous other invitations or expressions of interest which we are looking forward to follow.

Engaged Communities Update (28 Apr 2014)

GVL is engaged with communities at various stages of dialogue about developing land for Oil Palm. These engagements have ensued from formal or informal invitations from the communities for GVL to develop in their traditional areas. GVL has also received numerous other invitations or expressions of interest which we are looking forward to follow up as soon as possible.

The communities we are engaging or about to engage with now include the following:

Community working with GVL General Status – April 28, 2014

Sinoe County

Butaw

Complaints resolution with affected communities, community request to start mapping for community member oil palm project, and invitations to help measure potential land and discuss FPIC in several other communities, updated socio-economic demography study completion, GVL Butaw Declaration (see website).

Tarjuowon

Progressing with road development on community request and land development based on Memorandum of Understanding with the local communities. Development of future Kulu factory site has commenced.

Kpanyan/Numopoh

Chimpanzee habitat study has been completed and guides development areas, in addition to GVL's FCP and understanding of overlapping land claims between Numopoh and Do-WoleeNyannue communities.

Numopoh

Community has signed Memorandum of Understanding and Social Agreement with GVL and land development in agreed areas are in progress.

Do-Wolee/Nyannue

Numopoh and Do-Wolee/Nyannue communities are in principle understanding of interim treatment of overlapping land claims. Communities have invited GVL into an MOU upon confirmation of the understanding.

Tartweh-Karbeh-Kabada/Nitrian-Duogbo River Region

Environmental and Social Impact Assessment, HCV Assessment, Participatory Mapping, and discussions about land development are ongoing in an FPIC process. Communities have proposed terms for MOU.

Nyapoe

Community invited GVL to help measure potential land and to discuss.

Juarzohn

Community invited GVL to help measure potential land and to discuss. Community has repeated invitation and GVL is planning to discuss further.

Sanqui-Geethroh Region

GVL has received repeated land offers which are being reviewed.

Jaedea Statutory District – Titiyen Community

GVL has received an invitation and is in initial touch with the community.

Nyennnasue – Jadeop

GVL has received an invitation and is in initial touch with the community.

Lousianna – Butaw District

GVL has received an invitation and is in initial touch with the community.

Grand Kru County

Trenbo (Sorroken)

Land preparation progressing

Newaken

Land preparation progressing

Dougbo

Assessing feasibility of development in relation High Carbon;
Stock prevalency and existing tree crops farming.

Wedabo Zoloken

Nursery land development progressing and planting land preparation ongoing.

Garraway

Land preparation progressing based on MOU reached through FPIC.

Gbatao [Picnicess]

Community invited GVL to help measure potential land and to discuss. GVL has held initial exploratory meetings and these will continue.

Gblebo

Initially community did not want GVL development so we excluded from NPP. Community members have recently approached GVL to request development in their areas. GVL is considering.

Kpilo (Barclaysville)

Invitation letter received by GVL to start FPIC process. GVL has held initial exploratory meetings and these will continue.

Sasstown

Invitation letter received by GVL to start FPIC process.

Important Information

The GVL FPIC Process

Engagements with communities take time, and often months or years prior to any formal process. GVL's process is detailed in the document "GVL FPIC – Free Prior Informed Consent" available on the GVL website. The discussions take into account need to find the right balance in land use, traditional community farming practices, community desires for direct economic and skills opportunities, community yes vs. no to development and it must make business sense for long term viability and employment, in order to ensure if sustainable development can occur in an area.

Participation in Community Engagements

GVL welcomes interested parties meet with our nearby community affairs teams, where plans can be discussed to the degree authorized by communities. Communities self determine who can participate or be provided information about meetings where communities discuss their affairs.

Copies of communities' materials, maps, proceedings and agreements are available to be obtained subject to definitive written prior informed consent of each particular community.

Actual community meetings are scheduled based on different localized circumstances, actual events often changing priorities and times depending on communities wishes, invitations, accessibility and weather, for instance. Details can be obtained, where authorized, by liaising locally with our community teams.

Diaspora and migrated community members

Please read the GVL communities guide "Important Things for People to Know", available on the GVL website. Diaspora and migrated community members can also always contact GVL at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to receive courteous attention.

GVL is happy to keep diaspora and migrated community members informed of GVL activities. Specific community related information can be updated based on local resident communities nomination and authorization to provide information.

Does your family own deeded land in the communities that have invited GVL?

GVL does not touch land without communities and private owner's permission, which is ensured through multiple steps of process.

Please study our practices described in "GVL FPIC – Free Prior Informed Consent

A key step is local participatory mapping with the resident community members. Another step is a title search. If you hold a valid deed or certificate for land in a relevant area, we suggest to provide a copy for us to map and verify the land, and thereby help avoid any encroachment. All deeds documents are to be verified by communities, courts and archives. As a policy, GVL will not currently lease land from private owners.

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