A partnership between Golden Agri Resources (GAR) (through Golden Veroleum, a subsidiary of the New York-based Verdant Fund LP) and the Government of Liberia was announced in August 2010. The concession is located in Sinoe County and is for 220,000 ha, with an additional 40,000 ha for small holder (out-grower) plantations. GAR is the world’s second-largest palm-oil plantation company, with a total planted area of 464,600 ha in Indonesia. The terms of the contract, which are valid for 65 years (with an option to extend an additional 33) are for palm oil plantations, out-grower schemes, and the construction of a new port, but is written in such a way that do not provide for the protection of human rights or adherence to RSPO commitments. In October 2012 Green Advocates, an NGO, filed a case against the company for non-compliance with the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) for a variety of grievances on behalf of communities in Sinoe County (including polluting water, bulldozing ancestral graves, and forced relocation). According to the Forest People’s Programme they have gathered evidence on places where crops were destroyed, shrines were desecrated, villages uprooted and burial grounds and graves sites destroyed, as well as several sites where wetlands including rivers, marshlands, swamps, streams and creeks have been dammed or diverted and polluted. The Forest Trust (TFT) conducted an assessment in January of 2013, found merit in the complaints, and halted development activity until terms that were agreed upon by the company, the auditor (TFT), and NGOs involved had reached certain benchmarks.