Sustainable development

Briefings
26 Apr 2018

Practitioner’s guide for local stakeholder consultation – how to ensure adequate public participation in climate mitigation actions

Introduction Over the past 20 years, global efforts to mitigate the effects of climate change have increasingly relied upon the implementation of local mitigation projects. While aiming to reduce emissions in the most cost-effective way, some of these projects have built up a record of adverse impacts on local people, resulting in the displacement of…

4 Apr 2016

Watch This! NGO Newsletter #14: Lessons from the CDM for the SDM and climate finance

In a historic step, the Paris agreement recognized the interconnectivity of climate change and human rights, specifying in its preamble that “Parties should, when taking action to address climate change, respect, promote and consider their respective obligations on human rights.” This also sets the foundation to make the newly established sustainable development mechanism (SDM) accountable to human rights…

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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.

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! NGO Newsletter #11: ”The Geneva Pledge: bridging the gap of knowledge between the climate negotiations and the Human Rights Council”

During the Geneva session of climate negotiations held in February 2015, 18 countries made a joint pledge to extend the integration of human rights in the climate change regime by including human rights expertise in their climate delegations. This initiative offers an opportunity to support the inclusion of references to human rights in the Paris 2015 climate agreement.

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28 Apr 2015

WATCH THIS! Lettre d’Information ONG #11: ”Mise à jour des informations de la lutte du M. 10.”

Le 9 février 2015, l’Autorité nationale de l’environnement (ANAM) a suspendu la construction du projet de barrage hydroélectrique de Barro Blanco pour une durée provisoire. Les communautés ont accepté la proposition du Gouvernement à ouvrir un dialogue tripartie (Gouvernement, entreprise et communautés affectées), et ont alors constitué les commissions qui allaient les représenter. Depuis lors, 5 réunions ont eu lieu lors desquelles ont été abordés les thèmes culturels et religieux, ainsi que l’état de conservation actuel des pétroglyphes (menacés par l’inondation qu’entraînera le barrage) et des autres découvertes archéologiques mises au jour dans la zone du barrage.

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28 Apr 2015

WATCH THIS! Lettre d’Information ONG #11: ”Visite des institutions financières internationales : des activistes se rendent en Europe pour parler de responsabilité en matière de financement pour la lutte contre le changement climatique”

Des activistes venant d’Afrique, d’Asie et d’Amérique centrale ont rencontré les institutions financières et les décisionnaires impliqués dans le financement de projets de développement afin de partager leurs expériences avec les mécanismes existants d’atténuation des changements climatiques, tel le Mécanisme de développement propre (MDP), et de souligner les graves impacts de ces mécanismes de l’ONU sur les droits de l’homme fondamentaux. La responsabilité en matière de financement pour la lutte contre le changement climatique fut donc abordée sous une perspective européenne.

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