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Palm oil, land rights and ecosystem services in Gbarpolu County, Liberia

This case study of a plam oil concession in Liberia highlights wider policy considerations regarding large-scale land acquisitions in the global South including the need for both formal mechanisms to ensure free, prior and informed consent; and rigorous environmental and social impact assessments before operations start. Reading University was commissioned by FERN's partner Sustainable DeveIopment Institute in Liberia to carry out this independent social and environmental impact assessment of part of Sime Darby's concession area where the planting has not (yet) started.