Conservation Strategy Fund Comments to CITSC on the Bonyic Hydroelectric Project (Panama)

Friday, September 3, 2010
To Whom It May Concern: This letter contains my comments on the subject of Clean Development Mechanism credits for the Bonyic Hydroelectric project in the Teribe watershed of Panama. This project does not meet the CDM's requirement of financial additionality. A study conducted by Conservation Strategy Fund and partners in 2006 found that the Bonyic project was financially feasible without carbon credits. The study analyzed the Bonyic project along with three planned at the time on the Changuinola River, finding that the collection of projects would generate an after-tax net present val

FERN Comments to CITSC on the Bonyic Hydroelectric Project (Panama)

Tuesday, September 21, 2010
FERN supports the comments submitted by Alianza para la Conservación y el Desarrollo (ACD) and requests that the Bonyic hydroelectric project be rejected as a CDM project for the reasons outlined in detail in the ACD submission. In particular, FERN would like to emphasis the controversial nature of the hydro project itself, which led to the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) having refused to participate in this hydro power project in 2005 (see letter submitted with ACD submission to the CDM). According to the Project Design Document (PDD p. 17-18), Corporacion Interamericana para el Fin

Letter to US Secretary of State on the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Monday, September 13, 2010
The Honorable Hillary Rodham ClintonSecretary of StateU.S. Department of State2201 C Street NW. Washington, D.C. 20520 RE: United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Dear Madam Secretary: We, the undersigned, strongly encourage the United States to endorse the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as adopted by the United Nations on September 13, 2007 in New York. By endorsing the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, the United States will affirm to the world that indigenous peoples have a right to exist as distinct peoples and cultur

Comments on Bujagali Hydropower Project's Second Application (Uganda)

Thursday, August 19, 2010
To understand the largely fictional nature of this application to the CDM, one needs only to read the first line of the PDD: "The Bujagali Hydropower Project is a proposed hydropower..." It is not proposed. It is well over half complete. This basic fact is nowhere mentioned in the PDD. Bujagali Dam is going to be completed regardless of whether or not it is able to receive income from selling CDM offsets. It is non-additional and should not be validated as meeting the CDM's requirements. According to the latest issue posted on-line of Bujagali Energy Limited's newsletter, as of 31 March 2010,

Letter from Brazilian organizations to the Secretary of Development, Science and Technology of the State of Pará

Sunday, August 22, 2010
ToSecretary of Development, Science and Technology of the State of ParáMr. Secretary,For over 20 years the indigenous communities, fishermen, farmers, extractivists, urban populations, quilombolas, riiverine peoples and other social and economic groups have been fighting against the construction of the Belo Monte Hydroelectric Plant (UHE), on the Xingu River.

Protecting Rivers and Rights: Ten Years after the World Commission on Dams Report

We are committed to meeting the world's water and energy needs in an equitable way while preserving healthy rivers and the livelihoods that depend on them. We have ongoing concerns about large dams and the ways in which they are being planned, implemented and operated. A decade after the World Commission on Dams (WCD) issued its groundbreaking report, the evidence continues to mount that large dams – unless they are developed with the strictest environmental and social standards – bring significant costs to people and the planet: The UN's Third Global Biodiversity Outlook (May 201

Carta Final do Acampamento Terra Livre: “Em Defesa do Rio Xingu: Contra Belo Monte!"

Thursday, August 12, 2010
    Nós povos indígenas, Juruna, Xipaya, Arara da Volta Grande, Kuruaia e Xicrin da região de Altamira, Guajajara, Gavião, Krikati, Awa Guajá, Kayapó do MT e PA, Tembé, Aikeora, Suruí, Xavante, Karintiana, Puruborá, Kassupá, Wajapi, Karajá, Apurinã, Makuxi, Nawa AC, Mura do AM, Tupaiu, Borari, Tapuia, Arapiuns, Pataxó, Tupiniquim, Javaé, Kaingang, Xucuru, Marubu, Maiuruna, Mundukuru do AM e do PA e dos demais estados da Amazônia e outras regiões do Brasil, agricultores, ribeirinhos e moradores das cidades de Itaituba, região do Tapajós, Trairão, Medicilândia, Uruará, Pl

Gibe III Threatens World Heritage Sites

Monday, August 9, 2010
Letter to the Secretariat of the World Heritage Centre (UNESCO) We are writing to raise concerns about two endangered World Heritage sites. Lake Turkana in Kenya faces significant threats to its environmental health due to the ongoing construction of a large dam being built upstream, the Gibe 3 Dam in Ethiopia. The dam also threatens the cultural landscape of the Lower Omo Valley in Ethiopia.Lake Turkana, the world’s largest desert lake, was chosen as a World Heritage site because of its rich ecosystem, whose “diverse bird life and desert environment offers an exceptional laboratory for st

Movimiento Social Comments to RINA Regarding the Sogamoso Hydropower Project (Colombia)

Cuenca del río Sogamoso y río Chucurí, donde se tiene proyectado construir la represa.
Friday, July 16, 2010
Argumentos de las comunidades ante la solicitud de MDL por parte de ISAGEN para el proyecto hidroeléctrico Hidrosogamoso, departamento de Santander, ColombiaCuenca del río Sogamoso y río Chucurí, donde se tiene proyectado construir la represa. En ese valle viven comunidades de campesinos, pescadores y mineros artesanales que viven del material de arrastre del río. La foto fue tomada desde la vereda Sogamoso, en el municipio de Betulia, en noviembre de 2008. El Movimiento Social en Defensa del Río Sogamoso, conformado por líderes comunitarios, estudiantes, ambientalistas, organizaciones

Comments on the IFC’s April 2010 Draft Policy and Performance Standards on Social and Environmental Sustainability

International Rivers is concerned that IFC's revised draft Policy and Performance Standards still do not do enough to protect the rights of people affected by IFC projects, preserve the environment, report on development outcomes, and ensure the accountability of its clients. To address some of these weaknesses, we would urge IFC to make the following changes: Require IFC clients to seek and obtain the free, prior and informed consent of indigenous peoples for all projects impacting indigenous peoples. To address some of the weaknesses in the transparency and enforcement of the Action Plans (c


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