GREENPEACE CALLS FOR STOP TO NEW PALM OIL DEVELOPMENT IN SOLOMON ISLANDS

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HONIARA, Solomon Islands (May 3, 1999 - PACNEWS)---The international environmental group, Greenpeace, wants Solomon Islanders to reject a proposal for another palm oil plantation in the Pacific nation.

Radio Australia reports the Solomon Islands Government has accepted a proposal by the Malaysian company, Kampulan Emas, to begin the multi-million dollar palm oil project at Marovo Lagoon in the Western Province.

However, Greenpeace said such large-scale development was not good for the area.

Marovo Lagoon has been declared a world heritage site, and Greenpeace fears that such a development will pollute the environment.

The Solomon Islands Government said the project is very important because it could revive the country's ailing economy.

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