The people of Collingwood Bay have built their culture and livelihoods around the primary forest and pristine marine environment that surrounds their community in Papua New Guinea. But this way of life and their ancestral lands have been under attack by Malaysian palm oil giant Kuala Lumpur Kepong Berhad (KLK).
On May 20th the National Court in Papua New Guinea sided with the Collingwood Bay community in a legal battle over KLK’s plan to develop large areas of ancestral territory and pristine forest. The court declared that two leases covering 38,350 hectares claimed by KLK are null and void, and has ordered the State to cancel the title deeds.
It's time for KLK to listen to the courts and to the Chiefs of Collingwood Bay. The people of Collingwood Bay have unequivocally stated that they will NEVER tolerate palm oil expansion on their ancestral lands. Please take a moment to tell KLK it is time to pull out of Collingwood Bay for good and adopt and implement a global responsible palm oil policy to prevent such mistakes in the future.