The environmental NGO Greenpeace alleges that forest near the village of Afan Essokié has been deforested illegally. Specifically, the NGO alleges that the area of deforestation was illegally removed from the Permanent Forest Estate (PFE) in November of 2019. According to them, no decree of public utility had been published and the impact assessment (ESIA) had yet to be validated. After allegedly being removed from the PFE illegally, the conversion of 2,500 hectares of forest into plantation was approved. The area was previously a FSC certified timber concession.
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