"The Bitter Fruit of Oil Palm"
Table of contents:
Chapter 1 - Overview of the Oil Palm Issue
Oil Palm: The Expansion of Another
Chapter 2 - Case Studies
The Case of Cameroon: Oil Palm Plantations,
Yet Another Threat to Cameroon’s Native Forests?
The case of Ecuador:
Paradise in Seven Years?
The Case of Indonesia: Under Soeharto's
Chapter 3 - Other cases around the tropics
Chapter 4 - Working
Chapter 5 - Yet more
Chapter 6 - Our viewpoint
About this book
Given the widely ignored impacts of oil palm plantations and their widespread promotion throughout the tropics, the World Rainforest Movement decided to bring together research and local struggles in a book aimed as a tool for action. Given that the problem is present in Africa, Asia and Latin America, we chose three representative cases for each continent: Cameroon, Ecuador and Indonesia. At the same time, we tried to provide people with a general overview and with as many examples in other countries as possible.
We hope that this book will encourage more people and organizations to share their experiences and to become involved in an issue such as this, where networking and mutual support are crucial to halt a globalized plantation model which is resulting in the destruction of nature and peoples' livelihoods.
This book was made possible through the participation of a number of people. Ricardo Carrere wrote chapter 1, coordinated and edited the three case studies and was the editor of a WRM bulletin focused on oil palm which included the articles reproduced in chapters 3-6. Hervé Sokoudjou, Ricardo Buitrón and Mia Siscawati were respectively the authors of the case studies on Cameroon, Ecuador and Indonesia. Larry Lohmann edited chapters 1 and 2. Ricardo Buitrón, Ricardo Carrere, Elizabeth Díaz, Chris Lang, Juan Figuerola, Ana Filippini and Teresa Pérez, were the authors of the articles included in chapters 3-6. Other people provided specific or general information and advice, among whom we would like to mention and thank Nick Ashton-Jones, Nnimmo Bassey, Anne Casson, Marcus Colchester, Tieguhong Julius Chupezi, Saskia Ozinga, Meenakshi Raman andYamila Zepeda. Alicia Porrini and Soledad Domínguez assisted in translations. Novib and the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation provided the financial support to make this book possible.
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