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Letters
10 Apr 2018

Letter: EU must support tackling vested interests at UN climate talks

For the world to reach the necessary ambition to achieve our climate commitments under the Paris Agreement, which would keep average global temperature rises well below 2°C and even 1.5°C, the EU, led by the European Commission, must start supporting efforts to tackle vested interests within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). We,…

Letters
30 Mar 2017

Open letter regarding the use of GCF resources to support large hydropower

The 272 undersigned organizations write to express our significant concern regarding the use of GCF resources to support large hydropower, and, in particular, the following proposals in the GCF’s pipeline: (i) Qairokkum Hydropower Rehabilitation, Tajikistan; (ii) Upper Trishuli-1, Nepal; and (iii) Tina River Hydro Project, Solomon Islands. The GCF can and should help pay for…

Letters
13 Sep 2016

Open letter calling Panama’s Environment Minister for the withdrawal of Barro Blanco’s registration under the Clean Development Mechanism

. . Dear Minister Endara, We, the undersigned, urge you to withdraw Panama’s letter of approval for the Barro Blanco hydroelectric project to be registered under the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), in light of the severe environmental and human harms it is causing. As adopted by the CDM Executive Board at its 76th meeting, the…

Letters
7 Jul 2016

Letter to FMO & DEG on their response to the situation concerning Barro Blanco in Panama

Dear Mr. Kleiterp and Mr. Wenn, We want again draw your attention to the fact that the situation in Panama surrounding the Barro Blanco dam remains grave and urgent. Due to the so-called test flooding, the affected local communities now have water encroaching on their land and are already suffering the damaging consequences as described…

Letters
27 Apr 2016

Stakeholder comments regarding ongoing human rights concerns associated with the Barro Blanco Hydroelectric Power Plant Project (CDM Project #3237)

24 April 2016 Dear Mr Buendia, Dear Mr Wolke, We, the April 10 Movement for the Defense of the Tabasará River (M-10), Alianza para la Conservación y el Desarrollo (ACD) and Asociación Ambientalista de Chiriqui (ASAMCHI), are writing to provide stakeholder comments regarding the ongoing human rights concerns associated with the Barro Blanco Hydroelectric Power Plant…

Letters
12 Apr 2016

Barro Blanco: take urgent action to ensure that the Ngäbe are free from repression and eviction

We are receiving reports from our partners in the Ngäbe indigenous territories of Panama that they are being threatened to be evicted without their consent this week. We fear this eviction makes way for completion of the Barro Blanco dam – a project registered under the UN’s Clean Development Mechanism and financed by German and Dutch…

Letters
27 Nov 2015

COP21: Open letter to the delegates of UNFCCC Parties

Dear delegate, Climate change poses the greatest threat to our continued way of life on this planet. Together, 121 civil society networks and organisations, from 55 countries call on you to show bold political leadership and do everything in your power to agree on an ambitious, legally binding climate Treaty that will limit global warming…

Letters
14 Oct 2015

Letter to the CDM Board by United Nations Special Rapporteur John Knox

Dear CDM Board Members: I write in my role as the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights obligations relating to the enjoyment of a safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment. On Human Rights Day last year, 10 December 2014, all 76 of the United Nations Special Rapporteurs, Independent Experts, and other Special Procedures…

Letters
9 Oct 2015

Open letter to CDM Board to implement UN obligations to respect human rights

Dear CDM Board members, We, the undersigned, comprised of 98 networks, organizations and concerned citizens including Members of the European Parliament, from 36 countries, urge you to adopt the recommendations presented to you in the UNFCCC Secretariat’s “Concept Note: Improving stakeholder consultation processes”[1] as a critical step towards operationalizing human rights in climate action. The…

Letters
28 Jul 2015

Request to support due implementation of CDM rules re #3237: Barro Blanco Hydroelectric Project

Dear Mr Schneider, Dear Mr Buendia,
We, the April 10 Movement for the Defense of the Tabasara River (M-10), Alianza para la Conservacion y el Desarrollo (ACD) and Asociacion Ambientalista de Chiriqui (ASAMCHI), are writing to inform you about the decision of the Panamanian government to temporarily suspend the project Barro Blanco Hydroelectric Power Plant, in the Tabasara River, Panama (project number 3237). The decision was taken because of breaches of the national environmental impact assessment requirements, including shortcomings in the agreement with the locally affected indigenous communities.
In light of the recent decision that the CDM local stakeholder consultations are to be conducted “in accordance with applicable national regulations, if any.”1, we hereby ask the CDM Board to take action, including to coordinate with ongoing investigations, react to the suspension decision of the Panamanian government, and suspend the project upon finding non-compliance with the current CDM rules and procedures.