Greenpeace: Local and indigenous communities should have a right to their lands

 

 

International development agencies and our own government need to rethink their development approaches. Too often, instead of development, they end up degrading the environment and worsening social problems. Decisions on land acquisition for “development”, without consulting the indigenous and local communities that will be affected, are leaving them with no access to land, food, clean water and security. The progressive dispossession of indigenous peoples’ lands, underscores the precarious nature of the land rights of indigenous and local communities.

 

 

Huge swaths of our sacred forests were transferred in a matter of a few years to the hands of the international agroindustry. If we don’t change course, our dense forests are likely to be gone forever and drive the planet to an environmental crash, all in the name of “development”. We need to ask ourselves who is benefitting from this “development” and who pays the price? Who is making the decisions on behalf of whom? Are those affected being consulted at all? Does this country belong to its people or to foreign companies?

 

 

Indigenous and local communities do not benefit from “development” projects. Instead, they suffer from an ongoing problem of land-grabbing. In particular, Bantu, Baka and Bagyeli peoples have been displaced. They’ve been ripped out from their own homes. On a recent workshop, we stood together in Djoum, where traditional leaders denounced the situation.

 

 

In the region of South Cameroon, indigenous and local communities – especially those in the Department of Dja and Lobo, where I carried out investigations in the past years – are overlooked completely by the government, as they see their lands being polluted and plundered by private business companies like the rubber company SudCam (Cameroonian subsidiary of one of the largest rubber companies in the world, Halcyon Agri).

 

 

The celebration of the International Day of Indigenous Peoples last August was bitter-sweet. It was an opportunity for indigenous people to uphold their rich culture, but also to once again claim their lands back. For me, it was an opportunity to stand with fellow Cameroonians. It was an opportunity to call together for ending land grabs by SudCam and other multinational companies, as well as to compensate communities who were already displaced.

 

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