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Press release
28 Oct 2014

Pressemitteilung: Zivilgesellschaft fordert den UN Sonderberichterstatter für die Rechte Indigener Völker auf, ein UN Project zum CO2-Offset zu untersuchen

28. Oktober 2014, Brüssels, Guatemala City, Berlin. In diesem Monat haben zivilgesellschaftliche Organisationen aus Guatemala unterstützt von Internationalen Partnern den UN Sonderberichterstatter für die Rechte Indigener Völker gebeten, die indigenen Gemeinschaften zu unterstützen, die durch das Santa Rita Wasserkraftwerk direkt bedroht sind. Damm und Kraftwerk in Guatemala sind im Juni 2014 im CO2-Offset Programm der…

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Press release
28 Oct 2014

Comunicado de Prensa: Organizaciones de la sociedad civil llaman a la Relatora Especial de la ONU sobre los Derechos de los Pueblos Indígenas a investigar un proyecto de compensación de carbono

28 de octubre 2014, Bruselas, Ciudad de Guatemala. Este mes, organizaciones de la sociedad civil de Guatemala e internacionales han pedido apoyo a la Relatora Especial de la ONU sobre los Derechos de los Pueblos Indígenas para comunidades indígenas que viven bajo amenazas fuertes e inmediatas por parte de la represa hidroeléctrica Santa Rita en…

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Press release
28 Oct 2014

Press Release: Civil society groups call on UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples to investigate UN offset project

28 October 2014, Brussels, Guatemala City. This month, Guatemalan and international civil society organisations have asked UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples to support indigenous communities threatened with imminent and serious harm by the Santa Rita hydroelectric dam in Guatemala which was registered under the UN’s carbon offsetting scheme in June 2014….

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News
29 Aug 2014

Deadly protests against Guatemala hydro dam leave questions over UN Board’s project approval

In June, the UN Board of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) approved the contentious hydroelectric project Santa Ritadespite serious concerns over human rights violations. On 15 August 2014, a repressive security operation against the Q’eqchies communities of Cobán, Chisec and Raxruha by more than 1500 national police officers led to the forceful eviction of some 160 families resulting in three deaths, 50 injured, and a negative mark on the mechanism’s future. Carbon Market Watch is now calling for a formal investigation of the repressive actions and for the CDM’s Board to implement a grievance mechanism for affected communities.

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News
10 Jul 2014

Campaign Focus: CDM needs to catch up with social standards already in place for other mechanisms

A new chance to address the shortcomings of the CDM to implement robust public participation rules was born last year at the climate change conference in Warsaw where Parties requested the UNFCCC secretariat to collect information on practices for local stakeholder consultation and providetechnical assistance for the development of guidelines upon the request of countries. In June, at a recent Africa Regional Workshop in Windhoek Namibia, Designated National Authorities (DNAs) discussed how improvements to the role of local stakeholder consultations could be made and how to sustainable development impacts of Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects can be monitored. Carbon Market Watch participated at this two day capacity building workshop and highlighted that best practice guidance on how to implement existing rules is still needed.

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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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Press release
28 May 2014

Press release: Call for UN carbon credit mechanism to reject Guatemalan project following allegations of murder and intimidation

Guatemala City -Brussels – In a meeting starting today, the Executive Board of the UN’s Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) will decide on whether to approve the Santa Rita Hydroelectric plant in Guatemala. The Peoples´Council of Tezulutlán and Carbon Market Watch call on the Board to reject this project because essential community consultation rules have been violated, tragically resulting in the alleged murders and intimidation of the affected community.

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Press release
15 Nov 2013

Press Release: CDM Executive Board rejects Bonyic Hydroelectric Project in light of alleged violations of CDM requirements and human rights standards

Warsaw, Panama City – Last week, the Clean Development Mechanism’s Executive Board rejected the request for registration of the Bonyic Hydroelectric Project in the Naso indigenous territory in Panama. This decision demonstrates that the Board has the authority to exclude projects that fail to meet CDM requirements, including rules on local stakeholder consultation.

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Press release
16 Oct 2013

Press Release: Environmental organisations call on French government and EDF Trading to stop involvement in CDM coal power project

Brussels/Paris/Ahmedabad, 16 October 2013. Today, thirty environmental NGOs from Europe and India have sent Open Letters to the French government and EDF Trading to clarify their involvement in a CDM coal power project in India. The project is in violation with domestic laws over negative environmental impacts that pose a threat to the livelihood of…

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