Olam has partnered with the Government of the Republic of Gabon in a 60:40 Joint Venture to manage 37,000 hectares of rubber plantations. To date, Olam Rubber Gabon has planted 11,000 hectares.
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Prior to commencing development, Olam Rubber completed the Environmental & Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) and Environmental & Social Management Plan (ESMP) as well as social due diligence. LIDAR and soil surveys were completed in 2012 to determine sensitive landscapes and the suitability of an area for planting / development. As a result, over 50% of the total area has been set aside as buffer zones, traditional hunting areas, village set aside, and high value conservation areas or because the land is unsuitable for planting.
We obtain Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) from communities and ensure continuous engagement with communities throughout the whole project cycle. Social contracts are signed and the implementation progress is monitored through an on-going committee at the village level elected by our stakeholders.