Presented as part of the seminar: South at the Steering Wheel - Improving sustainability in land investment for bioenergy in sub-Saharan Africa
29th May 2012, 08:00 - 17:30
Naturvårdsverket (Swedish EPA), Stockholm, Sweden
Speaker: Dr. Sylvester Dery, Palm Oil Research Institute (Ghana)
Sylvester Dery discusses Palm Oil bioenergy development issues as including
land acquisition (State or Community/Stool /family own lands, including purchase vs. outgrower schemes) or the use of abandoned/expired mining lands
land suitability regarding rainfall/climate, soil fertility and chemical contamination
legal protection of the investor and of the landowner
incentives as well for large scale investors (to facilitate transfer of capital, technology, skills and management) as for smallholders (to maintain the palms for e.g. 25 years)
Finding funding also for the provision of additional basic Infrastructure (e.g schools, electricity, water, roads) which in some cases should precede the creation of farms or plantations.
Facilitate interministerial collaboration on these issues.
Establishing and maintaining clear rules and regulations on environmental protection for a sustainable oil palm industry