As can be seen from the articles below, Nasako Besingi is well known in international green circles for his defense of his homeland against the new plantocracy that seeks to seize large swaths of Cameroonian lands that sustains 45,000 people, including his Nasako family. He is an important figure in that family and was one of the organizers of the Nasako Festival 2012. The Nasako are one of the originators of Ékpè in Calabar, Nigeria and Cameroon. Ékpè lodges are the same lodges found in Cuban Abakwa, a remarkable case of cultural survival in the midst of the slave trade holocaust.
|Date: Mon, 12 Sep 2011 01:22:10 -0700 (PDT)
From: Nasako Besingi <nazbez_AT_yahoo.com>
Subject: Re: Open Letter to RSPO and WWF: Palm oil monocultures will never be sustainable
Thank you so much for the attention on this very serious matter. We are glad to hear that you are also planning to support us in opposing this palm oil plantation proposed in a sensitive ecological and hydrological area with rainfall round the year. We look forward to working with you all and remain disposed to provide any information that you may need at any time. The companies involve are in the USA.
Mr. Nasako Besingi, Director
Struggle to Economize Future Environment (SEFE)
P.O. Box 40, Mundemba, Ndian Division, Cameroon
mobile: +237 7513 6000
SEFE seeks to futhersome the protection of caostal aquatic ecosystems with consumming focus on mangrove ecosystem. As a grassroots oriented outfit, SEFE, in collaboration with the local communities carryout various aspects activities, management, research,dialoque, empowering and coaching local people to embrass the precept of sustainable livelihood. In SEFE, we also carryout advocacy as away of promoting environmental justice and maintaining aquatic ecosystems equillibrium. Our community have your say (CHYS) initiative allows the communities to make inputs in our projects from project conception to evaluation, thereby giving them ownership and responsibility for the protection of natural resources while ensuring ecosystems balance.
Herakles Farms releases public statement: Operations suspended 5/21/2013
Palm Watch – Africa: "Herakles Farms (also known as SG-SOC in Cameroon)
(“Company”), a United States-based agriculture company with operations in Ghana
and Cameroon, today, announced that it has suspended work in Cameroon in
response to an order it received from the Government of Cameroon’s Ministry of
Forestry & Wildlife (MINFOF). The order requests that the Company cease
preparing land near its Talangaye nursery, the resumption of activities “being
subject to a declaration of public usefulness made to the zone where your entire
project is located.” The order comes at a time when the Company’s main activity
is the transfer of young trees from the nurseries to their permanent places in
the field near the village of Talangaye. The Company had obtained permission to
proceed and always has and will comply fully and transparently with government
regulations in force. The Company hopes to understand and resolve these actions
by the MINFOF."
Challenging year ends in hope for Cameroonian environmental activist 12/19/2012 Greenpeace: "This award I receive not only in my personal capacity, but rather on behalf of those who have worked alongside me, within the community as well as further afield,” he said. “I wish that our struggle against illegal land grabbing will continue, because we believe that the current location of the Herakles Farms’ palm oil project in the middle of environmentally sensitive areas will have far reaching negative impacts on the local human population, wildlife and botanical biodiversity.”Greenpeace agrees. And we’ll continue working alongside Nasako into the New Year until this project is stopped."
CAMEROON: Campaigners oppose industrial palm oil plantation 12/14/2012 IRIN: "The plantation will economically displace approximately 25,000 people and put at risk many others who depend on that land for small-scale food production, hunting, and non-timber forest products. Thus, the net impact on employment will actually be negative. This is not a fair deal," Nasako Besingi, one of the campaigners against the plantation, told IRIN."
Civil Society Accuses Herakles Farms of sabotaging Biya 12/13/2012 Kumba News: "The accusations have been voiced by Nasako Besingi Managing Director of the civil society organization Struggle to Economise Future Environment( SEFE) which has engaged in a battle to resist the palm plantation project of Herakles Farms(HF) in Ndian Ndivision hinging its argument on environmental reasons. The Guardians Post Caught up with Nasako in its Kumba Bureau Monday November 19, 2012 a few days after he and five others were released from detention in Mudemba."
Cameroun: Récompensé pour sa lutte en faveur du foncier équitable 12/13/2012 Journal du Cameroun: "Nasako Besingi a reçu le prix TAIGO 2012, de l’acteur non étatique pour son combat contre l’accaparement des terres dans la région du Sud-ouest."
Nasako Besingi wins a prize for opposing SGSOC project 12/12/2012 All Voices: "The Director of the NGO, Struggle to Economize Future Environment (SEFE) Nasako BESINGI is the winner of the 2012 TAIGO non-state actor. Nasako becomes the first winner in this category since the competition was launched in 2011. The prize to non-state actors rewards the commitment of Mr. BESINGI for transparency and governance, particularly in the context of his struggle to publicize the inconsistencies of the SGSOC project and the violation of Cameroon land laws and international conventions that characterize it."
Campaign Update– Cameroon: Opposition to Herakles Repressed 12/11/2012 Cultural Survival: "Nasako Besingi, the director of Struggle to Economise Future Environment (SEFE), one of our coalition partners on the ground in Cameroon, was arrested November 14th along with five others in the town of Mundemba, Cameroon.Local and international pressure was successful in releasing the activists after being held for two days with no charge."
Cameroon: Arbitrary arrest of and judicial harassment against Mr. Nasako Besingi and four SEFE collaborators 11/29/2012 FIDH: "The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about the arbitrary arrest of and judicial harassment against Mr. Nasako Besingi, Director of the NGO Struggle to Economize Future Environment (SEFE), a local environmental organisation based in Mundemba, Ndian division, Southwest Cameroon, and four of his collaborators, Ms. Ekpoh Theresia Malingo, Mr. Isele Gabriel Ngoe, Mr. Mosongo Lawrence Namaso and Mr. Nwete Jongele."
Cameroon: Arbitrary arrest of and judicial harassment against Mr. Nasako Besingi and four SEFE collaborators 11/29/2012 World Organisation Against Torture: "According to the information received, in the morning of November 14, 2012, over 15 heavily armed Gendarme officers led by Brigade Commandant Luc Evoundou raided the premises of SEFE in Mundemba, where over 50 members of the local population had come to get T-shirts that were prepared for a peaceful campaign against the company Sithe Global Sustainable Oils Cameroon (SGSOC), a local subsidiary of the New York based company HERAKLES Farms, and its establishment of a controversial large-scale palm oil plantation on 73,000 hectares in the area. On this same day, the Governor of the southwest region from Buea was visiting Mundemba to install the local government official and the local population wanted to use this occasion to wear the T-shirts as a means to peacefully voice their rejection of the oil palm plantation project to the authorities."
Facts on the ground undermine Herakles’ Cameroonian PR offensive 11/22/2012 Greenpeace: "Bruce Wrobel the CEO of Herakles Farms has long claimed that his is a company that represents a positive presence in Africa. Indeed it seems impossible at present to pick up a newspaper in the Cameroonian capital Yaoundé without reading about one minor miracle or another taking place in the south west of the country that can only be attributed to the company and their benevolence. Minor miracles that the company is paying for themselves to advertise. But flying over the same southwest region and the real effect of Herakles Farms' presence in the country becomes all too evident. Like ugly pockmarks, craters of forest clearings to make way for what could eventually be a palm oil plantation ten times the size of Manhattan, are visible for miles around in what is otherwise a sea of trees."
Cameroon — Greenpeace International says security officers detained four environmental 11/17/2012 AP
Land Grabbing Looms: New Palm Oil Plantation Threatens Cameroon's Rainforest 10/26/2012 Huff Post: by Nasako Besingi, Founder and director, Struggle to Economize the Future Environment (SEFE)
Campaign Update – Cameroon: Protests Show Dissent on Palm Oil Project 8/15/2012 Cultural Survival
Africa Palm-Oil Plan Pits Activists Against New York Investors 7/18/2012 Reuters: "Right now, Africa is the target of many companies hungry for forest land. An April 2012 study by the World Wildlife Fund and France’s Institute for Research and Development noted that new regulations and scrutiny elsewhere are “encouraging large Asian companies to heavily invest in Central Africa.” Herakles Farms, owned by New York venture-finance firm Herakles Capital, and other food giants such as Malaysia’s Sime Darby and Singapore’s Olam, see the next big growth area down the west coast of Africa, from Liberia to Gabon."
Palm Oil Plantation News, Cameroon
Nasako villages threatened by palm oil plantations: following a world-wide resurgence of plantation economies.
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