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Letters
18 Feb 2015

Announcement to the country – Movement 10 of April in Defense of the River Tabasará

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.

Letters
18 Feb 2015

Commentaries on the validation of the Hydroelectric Project Barro Blanco, Panama

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.

Letters
18 Feb 2015

Reasons against the Barro Blanco project and its financing by CERs

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.

Letters
13 Feb 2015

Project comments on the Barro Blanco Hydro Dam CDM project, Panama

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.

Letters
24 Oct 2013

Project 7822: Bonyic hydroelectric project’s request for registration should be rejected

We welcome the decision by the Executive Board to review the request for registration of Project 7882: Bonyic Hydroelectric Project and respectfully request its rejection.

Letters
26 Sep 2013

Letter to Mr. James Anaya UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Request for recommendations that the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) take action to protect the rights of indigenous people affected by the Barro Blanco dam and other CDM projects

Letters
25 Jun 2013

NGO Letter to UN Independent Expert on Human Rights & the Environment: Panama’s Barro Blanco dam project

Joint NGO letter to draw attention to the Barro Blanco hydroelectric dam on the Tabasará River in the Province of Chiriquí, Panama from Centro de Incidencia Ambiental de Panamá (CIAM), Movimiento 10 de Abril (M-10), Asociación Ambientalista de Chiriquí (ASAMCHI), Asociación para la Conservación y el Desarrollo (ACD), Colectivo Voces Ecológicas, Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL), Earthjustice, Interamerican Association for Environmental Defense (AIDA), International Rivers, Carbon Market Watch, Both ENDS, Collective Voices for Peace, Salva la Selva and Marin Interfaith Task Force to: Mr. John Knox, UN Independent Expert on Human Rights and the Environment.

Letters
12 Jun 2013

Letter to UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: Request to meet about the Barro Blanco project during July 2013 visit to Panama

Written by Centro de Incidencia Ambiental de Panamá (CIAM), Movimiento 10 de Abril (M-10), Interamerican Association for Environmental Defense (AIDA), Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL), International Rivers, Marin Interfaith Task Force, Collective Voices for Peace, Asociación Ambientalista de Chiriquí (ASAMCHI), Carbon Market Watch, Asociación para la Conservación y el Desarrollo (ACD), Movimiento 10 de Abril…

Letters
28 Nov 2012

Open letter to Environment Ministers and delegates of all UNFCCC Parties: Increase ambition and close loopholes at COP18

Submission to UNFCCC by 156 groups on increasing climate change responses and closing loopholes at COP18. Of note, CDM additionality rules need to be fundamentally reformed and significantly strengthened to avoid non-additional credits which further undermine already weak targets. Double counting of carbon offsets in host and investor countries must be stopped. As well, new large-scale power supply projects, in particular all fossil fuel-based projects, should be banned and the issuance of offset credits from existing projects should be ceased. Countries should use other mechanisms than project-based offsetting to promote lower-carbon power production.

Letters
17 Feb 2012

Open letter to Honduran DNA: Approval of Project 3197, Aguán biogas recovery from Palm Oil Mill Effluent (POME)

Letter to Honduran Minister for Environment The undersigned organisations wish to express their deepest concerns regarding CDM Project 3197 situated in the Bajo Aguan Valley. According to information provided by the courts and district attorneys of Tocoa and Trujillo, the Special Attorney for Human Rights, public statements of other state departments, journalists and media in…