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Opinion
By Eva Filzmoser | Pierre-Jean Brasier on 30 Nov 2017

Closing a (violent) chapter: Santa Rita hydro dam project officially cancelled

In October, the private sector lending arm of the World Bank Group (International Finance Corporation, IFC) confirmed the cancellation of a controversial Santa Rita hydroelectric project in Guatemala, approved under the UN’s carbon offsetting scheme Clean Development Mechanism (CDM). The announcement follows a report by the IFC Ombudsman which found serious failings in the project…

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Letters
16 Jun 2015

Response to the Letter from MEPs to the CDM Board on the Santa Rita hydroelectric plant project

Dear members of the European Parliament,
On behalf of the Chair of the CDM Executive Board, I would like to thank you for your communication of 20 May 2015, informing us of your serious concern about project 9713: Santa Rita Hydroelectric Plant. Your letter was made available to the CDM Executive Board (the Board).
I hereby inform you that project 9713” Santa Rita Hydroelectric Plant” was registered by the Board on 2 June 2014 after undergoing a review process at the request of Board members. The issues you raise in your letter were looked at during the course of this review and it was found that the proposed project activity had complied with the requirements of the CDM, including the local stakeholder consultation process. Further, the designated national authority (DNA) of Guatemala issued required letter of approval (dated 2 July 2012) confirming that the project will assist Guatemala in its efforts to achieve sustainable development. The DNA had also confirmed to the Board, in the course of the review of the project activity, that the local stakeholder consultation process was carried-out appropriately.

Letters
21 May 2015

Open Letter from MEPs to the CDM Board on the Santa Rita hydroelectric plant project

Dear Mr Schneider and Mr Buendia,
As a Member of the European Parliament committed to the respect of Human Rights, we are writing to you to express our serious concern about the Santa Rita Hydroelectric Plant in the Dolores River in Guatemala, which was registered under the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) in June 2014 (project number 9713).
In a meeting in March 2015 with a representative of the local indigenous communities we learnt that many of the communities that will be impacted by the project were never consulted in accordance with the CDM local stakeholder consultation requirements. As a result, the project has been, and still is, in the center of a violent conflict between the communities and the power company implementing this project.

28 Apr 2015

WATCH THIS! Lettre d’Information ONG #11: ”Barrage hydroélectrique de Santa Rita : Une histoire de douleur”

Le barrage hydroélectrique de Santa Rita constitue une infraction aux droits élémentaires des peuples indigènes. Ce projet, soutenu par l’État du Guatemala et les fonds octroyés par les principales banques de Suisse, d’Allemagne, d’Espagne, des Pays-Bas et par la Banque mondiale, a pour objectif le développement général des communautés Q’eqchi de la rivière Dolores. Il a entraîné les conséquences craintes dès le début : décès, peur, déplacement des populations, expulsions et répression des communautés locales.

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28 Apr 2015

WATCH THIS! Boletín ONG #11: ”Hidroeléctrica Santa Rita: Una Historia de Dolor”

La hidroeléctrica Santa Rita ha violado los elementales derechos de los pueblos indígenas. Apoyado por el Estado de Guatemala y con capital multinacional, acudiendo a la búsqueda de financiamiento en principales bancos de Suiza, Alemania, España, Holanda e incluso del Banco Mundial, en vez de general desarrollo para las comunidades Q’eqchi del Río Dolores, el proyecto ha traído sus condiciones iniciales, provocando muerte, miedo, desplazamiento, desalojo y represión en las comunidades locales.

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28 Apr 2015

WATCH THIS! NGO Newsletter #11: Santa Rita hydro dam: ”A story of pain”

The Santa Rita hydro dam is a violation of the basic rights of native people. This project, supported by the State of Guatemala and the funds granted by the major banks of Switzerland, Germany, Spain, Netherlands and by the World Bank for the general development of the Q’ eqchi communities of the Dolores River, generated the consequences feared from the beginning: death, fear, populations displacement, expulsions and repression of the local communities.

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Briefings
17 Mar 2015

Fact Sheet – Santa Rita, CDM Hydro Dam in Guatemala

ENGLISH The Santa Rita Hydroelectric Plant in the Dolores River in the Alta Verapaz region in Guatemala was registered as a Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) project in June 2014. The communities living in the Alta Verapaz region are completely dependent on the water of the river for their livelihoods. The Guatemalan Agreement on Identity and Rights of Indigenous Peoples…

29 Oct 2014

Campaign focus: Santa Rita’s oppression does not silence communities

Local oppression of indigenous communities in the vicinities of the Santa Rita hydroelectric dam in Guatemala has not seen remedy of the situation after the project was registered by Clean Development Mechanism in June 2014. Despite the continued struggle the indigenous Q’eqchi´ and Poqomchí communities face, the project is becoming a showcase of the power of civil society.

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Carbon Market Watch News
18 Jun 2014

Contentious Santa Rita hydro dam project given UN go ahead

In June, members of the UN’s Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Executive Board unanimously approved the Santa Rita Hydroelectric dam project #9713 despite widespread concerns that the local stakeholder consultation was not conducted correctly resulting in alleged human rights violations.

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14 Apr 2014

Santa Rita – Large hydro power project, Guatemala

  Campaign Focus Santa Rita CDM project registered despite violations of community consultation rights which are at the heart of the Guatemalan Agreement on Identity and Rights of Indigenous Peoples  Call for an immediate inquiry regarding the repressive operation by the national civilian police on 15 August 2014 against the peaceful protest of Q’eqchi´s communities…

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