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 (25 Nov 2013)
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 – 25 Nov 2013
- 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 EPA and NPP process
- Kpanyan/Numopoh Chimpanzee habitat study prior to further development discussions and plans
- Do-Wolee Nyannue Chimpanzee habitat study prior to further development discussions
- Tartweh-Karbah-Kabada Community invited GVL to help measure potential land and to discuss, currently in process
- Nyapoe Community invited GVL to help measure potential land and to discuss
- Juarzohn Community invited GVL to help measure potential land and to discuss, currently in process
Grand Kru County
- Trenbo (Sorroken) Land preparation for nursery expansion
- Newaken Land development progressing
- Dougbo Enclaving farms within the areas agreed with community
- Wedabo FPIC process ongoing
- Garraway NPP process about to complete, detailed FPIC process to start soon
- Gbatao [Picnicess] Community invited GVL to help measure potential land and to discuss
- 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. Early stage.
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.
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
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 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. 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 providing a copy for us to map and verify the land, and thereby help avoid any encroachment. As a policy, GVL will not currently engage in land leases with private owners.