In May, Collingwood Bay landowners won a major victory when the National Court of Papua New Guinea declared two leases claimed by major Malaysian palm oil grower Kuala Lumpur Kepong Berhad (KLK) illegal and ordered them to be cancelled. Unfortunately, the company still claims a third lease in Collingwood Bay, Lot 5, and has stated that it has no intentions to leave.
Lot 5 is covered in primary forest and holds important hunting grounds for the local communities, which have rejected KLK and any other companies’ offers to develop palm oil in their area. Further, development of Lot 5 for palm oil would violate KLK’s own commitments not to clear primary forests, High Conservation Value Forests, or High Carbon Stock forests.
Sign on to our letter calling on KLK’s CEO Tan Sri Dato’ Lee Oi Hian to pull out of Collingwood Bay immediately.
Dear Tan Sri Dato’ Lee Oi Hian,
I am outraged by KLK’s decision to stay in Collingwood Bay. After losing its two major leases in Collingwood Bay, KLK is only left with Lot 5, an area covered in primary forests and used as hunting grounds for the local communities. How does KLK plan to develop this area in line with its commitments to the RSPO and its commitments not to clear High Carbon Stock Forests under the Sustainable Palm Oil Manifesto?
It is clear that the Council of Chiefs opposed KLK’s presence in Collingwood Bay from the beginning, but now KLK’s intentions to develop palm oil in Collingwood Bay threaten not only to disrupt local communities but also to destroy pristine rainforests.
It’s time for KLK to walk away from Collingwood Bay. I call on you to take a stand and announce KLK’s plans to pull out of Collingwood Bay with immediate effect.
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