GVL Hails Greenpeace Assessment Progress Report

first_imgGolden Veroleum Liberia (GVL) has appreciates Greenpeace progress report made on its prime investor, Golden Agri Resources (GAR), a palm oil producer based in Jakarta, Indonesia.Greenpeace is a non-governmental environmental organization with offices in over 40 countries and with an international coordinating body in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.According to GVL statement, on December 22, 2014, Greenpeace published a report on GAR. In that report, Greenpeace presented its views on GVL operations here.Since early 2013, GVL has worked with partners, including Greenpeace, to implement robust policies and procedures to manage environmental and social impacts, prevention of deforestation and to develop land with local communities free, prior and informed consent.GVL recognizes that, in the startup phases; the approaches to community engagement and deforestation were not adequate. From 2013, GVL has detailed and put to practice the implementation of our Forest Conservation Policy (FCP) based on the emerging High Carbon Stock approach. GVL appreciates that this work is noted in the Greenpeace report. Work remains to be done to develop a robust, multi-stakeholder defined landscape-based conservation and development approach based on viable economic business model, which achieves the objectives of countering deforestation together with respecting communities’ rights and aspirations, and supporting the national development goals of Liberia. GVL is expected to further engage with the Government and other institutional stakeholders, while recognizing the current Ebola crisis impact on immediate Government priorities. Engagement with communities is ongoing, the statement indicated.“Our Social and Community Engagement Policy (SCEP) articulates our commitment to a robust Free Prior Informed Consent (FPIC) approach. We have worked since April 2013 with the infield support of The Forest Trust (TFT) as advisor and monitor.”The statement said that GVL believes that its updated FPIC approach has helped the company develop a constructive engagement with communities who have invited GVL to work with them.They (GVL) also recognize the challenges and the need for continuous development of our community information and FPIC engagement activities.“This is important particularly in a post-conflict society such as Liberia, where opportunities and concerns may quickly divide communities. GVL strives to engage sensitively and transparently with communities and interest groups, as well as pre-empt or promptly address any grievances that may arise.” GVL welcomes dialogue and participation with civil society organizations committed to work with our partner communities. “We appreciate Greenpeace’s constructive inputs and treat them seriously.” There appear to be also factual inaccuracies, outdated comments and recommendations that should be updated and expanded, perhaps reflecting the fact that Greenpeace has not visited our areas of operation in Liberia since November 2013. We will post a full assessment of the inputs and our recommendations for next steps in the coming days after a comprehensive review.GVL is a committed long-term investor in Liberia and asserts its commitment to ensuring minimal impact to forests, to providing positive impacts to communities, and to national development.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Aston Villa seal season-long loan signing of Chelsea striker

first_imgChelsea striker Tammy Abraham has completed his move to Aston Villa on a season-long loan deal.The deal was wrapped up just before the Football League transfer window’s 5pm deadline. Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Tammy Abraham appeared in Chelsea’s 2018 pre-season tour gameday cracker BEST OF Tammy Abraham was unable to prevent Swansea from being relegated last season predicted latest silverware smart causal Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? REVEALED 2 Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update revealed Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won SORRY 2 whoops Abraham is be the second big loan signing made by Steve Bruce this month.The Villa boss has also brought in winger Yannick Bolasie from Everton. Top football News How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings “Villa are a big club that belongs in the Premier League and I’m here to help them achieve that,” said Abraham.“At this stage of my career, I need games and this is a great place for me to come and showcase my talent. I can’t wait to get started.”The signing of Abraham, 20, represents a significant coup for the Championship club as they target promotion back to the Premier League.He was a revelation during his last spell in the Championship, netting 23 times in 41 games for Bristol City in 2016/17.Abraham spent last season on loan at Swansea City, scoring five goals in 31 Premier League appearances, and was called into the senior England squad.He had been hoping to break into the Chelsea first team this season but is behind Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud in the pecking order. Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT While Abraham departs Chelsea, Ruben Loftus-Cheek will remain at Stamford Bridge.The England midfielder spent last season at Crystal Palace and has struggled for opportunities at the start of this term.But Sarri says he will stay and feature more for the Blues once the fixture list becomes more congested.Sarri added: “I’m very, very happy with him. Because in the last 10 days he has improved a lot. So I’m really very happy with him.“I think that he will be important for sure, starting from September we will play every few days. I think Loftus will be very, very important and very useful to us.”Asked why the midfielder has not featured more so far, Sarri said: “Because he has to improve, just in order to play my football.“He has great qualities, from the physical point of view, from the technical point of view. I think he needs to improve from the tactical point of view.”last_img read more

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