The Movement 10 of April M10 makes public its rejection to the last activities taking place as the de facto entrance of machinery and excavators to the riverbed of our Tabasará River which we defend against these non consulted projects with the community, specifically the Hydroelectric Project Barro Blanco whose promoter is Generadores del Istmo S.A. GENISA.
Public comments on CDM projects under validation
The Alliance for Conservation and Development (ACD) ratifies its position expressed in the commentaries that we sent last year in relation to the validation of the Barro Blanco project on the part of AENOR, and as much laments that the promoter of the project as the Government of Panama would seem to be abusing the validation system of the CDM when retiring and to return to present a project that already had been put previously under a validation process. This practice seems irregular and would seem to us to indicate an excessive interest of the promoter to capitalize over what should be instead an international mechanism for the reduction of greenhouse gas emmissions. Also, we lamented the interest of the European Investment Bank (EIB) to finance a project that seemed not to satisfy the additionality requirement and that in addition, has been implied in the violation of human rights of the Ngöbe population and peasants of the Republic of Panama.
The communities next to the Tabasará river as much as those of Bellavista, Veladero and Cerro Viejo and in the district of Tolé (in the Province of Chiriquí), as those of Bakama in the district of Müna (in the indigenous region of Ngöbe Buglé) live intimately interrelated with Rio Tabasará from time immemorial of the colony.
November 7, 2008
We consider that the Barro Blanco Hydrolectric Project should not be validated as a Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) project; because this hydroelectric project completely fails to fulfill the condition of additionality required by the CDM; the Panamanian Designated National Authority (DNA), the National Environmental Authority (ANAM), is marred with conflicts of interests; and the Government of Panama has systematically violated the human rights of the Ngobe indigenous peoples and peasant communities that will be directly affected and that have opposed to the construction of this project since 1999.
According to our research, there are serious deficiencies with the local consultation process as there has been deficient communication from the project developers’ side with the local communities, absence of information through local newspapers or in the local language. Furthermore, significant negative environmental and social impacts have been reported by local inhabitants the need to have been completely omitted in the PDD. The PDD also lacks substantiation of factors / parameters / statements that are considered crucial for registration of CDM projects with the CDM EB. The transparency level and detailing aspects are lacking in the PDD and the project participant (PP) fails to demonstrate that they were not intentional by including all the crucial details.
According to our research, this project is not additional and should not receive a positive validation. Quite simply, ultra-supercritical technology is already common practice in China and the East China Grid, and this project will proceed using ultra-supercritical technology regardless of whether the CDM provides support.
CDM Watch and the Sierra Club respectfully submit the following comments on the Project Design Document (PDD) for Energy efficient power generation in Raigarh, Chhattisgarh, India. We thank the CDM Executive Board and Designated Operating Entity (DOE), SGS United Kingdom Limited, for recognizing the integral role of transparency in the CDM validation process, and for taking this comment into consideration.
According to our research, this project should not receive a positive validation because it is not additional nor did it apply the correct baseline scenario. Quite simply, this project will use supercritical technology regardless of whether the CDM provides support.
According to our research, this project is not additional and should not receive a positive validation. Quite simply, ultra-supercritical technology is already common practice in China, and this project will proceed using ultra-supercritical technology regardless of whether the CDM provides support.