Our Western landscape in Liberia is centered around the oil palm and rubber concession areas held by Sime Darby. This lies in the border with Sierra Leone and consists of dense HCV forests. IDH aims to support Sime Darby, the Liberian government and the local community to protect the HCV forests and develop outgrower oil palm models that improve community livelihoods.
North western Liberia is rich in biodiversity and high conservation value forests. Sime Darby’s concession is surrounded by protected areas including Gola National Park, Kpo mountains, and Lake Piso. As per its concession agreement, the company needs to conserve high carbon value/stock (HCV/HCS) areas within its own concessions. It also needs to establish outgrower oil palm farms, whereby the community is supported in growing oil palm, which is then sold to Sime Darby.
Our landscape program aims to ensure that forests beyond Sime Darby concession are protected and the outgrower scheme both supports community livelihoods and incentivizes the community to protect the forest.
To do so, IDH, the government of Liberia and Sime Darby are collaborating to develop inclusive community outgrower schemes with benefit sharing structures for communities and tying these to forest protection. IDH’s role includes, but is not limited to the following:
The Government of Liberia and IDH are working together with interested companies to make it easier for communities to access loans to develop oil palm farms. The government and IDH are also inviting investors to invest in community oil palm through a loan scheme with loans conditional on deforestation-free oil palm production.
We are therefore developing Production Protection Inclusion Compacts (PPI Compacts) as an investment condition. This is an agreement to be signed by the Government of Liberia, the community and the palm oil concession holding company in which the parties will agree to conserve and actively protect and manage certain forest areas in the community or nearby in return for loans to establish the community oil palm. Signing a PPI agreement will be the most important requirement for a community to access loans to finance its community oil palm. The PPI agreement will be a legally binding agreement, which will have to include clear enforcement arrangements and penalties for non-compliance.
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Today, at the UN climate conference COP23 in Bonn, IDH’s landscape work was featured in a report released by WWF on the important role of jurisdictional approaches in achieving sustainable development goals.
The Oil Palm Outgrower Scheme in Liberia is anchored in the Liberian oil palm concessions, as a joint program between oil palm companies, the government of Liberia (GoL) and the local community with the goal to improve community livelihoods.
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