Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Oakland Institute, Greenpeace expose new US corporation’s land grab in Africa

Oakland, USA, 5 September, 2012 — An American owned company with a track record of illegality and links to private equity giant Blackstone Group is threatening to destroy rainforests and dislocate local communities in Cameroon, Africa. The company claims they are “addressing a dire humanitarian need in the Republic of Cameroon," (1) but fresh evidence shows this could not be further from the truth.
A new report from The Oakland Institute, in collaboration with Greenpeace International, exposes how a New York-based agri-corporation, Herakles Farms, and its local subsidiary are involved in a controversial land grab that is deceitfully portrayed as sustainable development. New documentary evidence has shown it has been opposed by locals since 2010 and is one of the largest in Africa and in the midst of a biodiversity hotspot.
WHAT: New report to debunk New York-based corporation’s effort to greenwash destruction of rainforest and livelihoods in Africa
WHERE: International telephone conference
CALL IN DETAILS(2): This will be a telephone conference, which means you can call in from anywhere in the world with the following numbers. When you call, you will be asked to provide the name of the conference call, which is: “Understanding Land Investment Deals in Africa: Deceit in Cameroon”. You will have an opportunity to put your questions forward by the conference moderator.
For US-based callers, call: 800-895-0198
Non-US-based callers, call: 785-424-105
WHEN: 10am EST, 4pm CET, September 5
For more information, contact:
Tristan Tremschnig, Greenpeace International Media Relations Specialist; email: tristan.tremchnig@greenpeace.org; phone: +31 6 43 78 73 93
Anuradha Mittal, Oakland Institute Executive Director, email: amittal@oaklandinstitute.org; phone: +1 510-469-5228
(2) The international toll-free numbers and countries reserved for this conference are:
Argentina: 0-800-666-0250
Australia: 180-014-4837
Austria: 080-029-2061
Belgium: 08-007-2519
Brazil: 0-800-891-6744
Bulgaria: 00-800-115-1111
Chile: 1-230-020-9746
Colombia: 01-800-518-0807
Czech Republic: 80-070-0539
Denmark: 8-088-6270
France: 080-091-2273
Germany: 0-800-186-2030
Greece: 008-001-612-206-0812
Hong Kong: 80-090-1494
India: 000-800-100-7615
Ireland: 180-076-0616
Israel: 180-925-6145
Italy: 80-087-3807
Japan: 0-053-116-0855
Malaysia: 180-081-4830
Mexico: 001-800-514-6145
Netherlands: 0-800-022-5803
New Zealand: 080-044-9207
North China: 1-080-071-4507 .
Norway: 80-01-3780
Poland: 00-800-112-4099
Portugal: 80-081-9765
Romania: 080-089-5522
Russia: 8-108-002-960-1012
Singapore: 800-101-2018
Slovakia: 080-060-6347
South Africa: 080-098-1020
South China: 10-800-140-1382
South Korea: 0-030-813-2384
Spain: 90-094-7610
Sweden: 02-079-9847
Switzerland: 080-056-4800
Taiwan: 0-080-112-7201
Thailand: 001-800-156-205-6145
U.K.: 0-808-101-1183
Venezuela: 800-100-8307
Please note, if an international site is unable to access the call using the international toll free number for their country, they may dial in using the toll (785) number

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