SAVE is celebrating an important partial victory
Monday, 26 September 2011 08:08

The danger over Cameroon rainforests has been suspended


On August 31st we received the good news that Hercules Capital – an American investor – was to refrain from any actions on the planned oil plantation area thanks to a temporary warrant. It means that trees in the rainforests will not get cut down further. For SAVE, it is a breakthrough milestone in the struggle to save rainforests around Cameroonian’s Korup National Park which houses many species and is ecologically very valuable.

The lawsuit was brought to the appropriate Cameroonian court by an experienced lawyer who received financial support from SAVE and Rettet den Regenwald e.V (Let us save rainforests, registered association).
The application for the immediate suspension was justified by the fact that no report on the environmentally friendly proceedings had been made and the locals had not been taken into account.

The court approved of the application and issued a warrant for the suspension of all actions. It’s the first major success of SAVE Wildlife Conservation Fund and other nature protection organizations against deforestation, as all the efforts made in the last few months, including the worldwide signature collection campaign, letters to investors and the conference in Cameroon, had been in vain.

However, the warrant applies to only a half of the 70 thousand hectares. The struggle for this treasury of biological diversity is still going on. In October, the verdict of the final trial is to be announced, which will decide things to come. To be more precise, the ruling will determine whether the American investors will fulfil their plans of cutting down forests and set up the oil palm plantation, or human beings and animals will continue to maintain their habitats by the Korup National Park. This rainforest is one of the oldest in the world and houses more species than many other ones. It is home of the drill, a rare monkey species occupying most of the forest, along with many other animals including large groups of chimpanzees and forest elephants. Also in danger of being uprooted from the area are forty-five thousand people who have their homes in the nearby villages where they have lived for generations.