Add Your Name to the List of Indigenous Women and Organizations who Strongly Oppose Carbon Trading, CDM and REDD+

Carbon Trading, CDM and REDD: New Forms of Violence against Women NOT Women’s Empowerment!

As women and our allies, please add your name and/or your organization’s support to the letter below to voice your opposition to the World Bank’s, the United Nations’ and the State of California’s false solutions to climate change, which include carbon trading, carbon offsets, the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), and Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+).

We demand that the World Bank, the United Nations and the State of California reject these market-based, land grabbing false solutions to climate change, which are bad for the planet, violate the rights of Indigenous Women, children and youth, do not protect forests and increase violence and abuses against Indigenous and local communities.

A copy of the letter below will be delivered to the listed recipients and will include a list of the individuals and organizations who have endorsed this letter/petition.

To:

  • The World Bank Group President Dr. Jim Yong Kim;
  • His Excellency Ban Ki-moon Secretary-General of United Nations;
  • To the Honorable Governor Jerry Brown of the State of California, United States of America;

RE: Carbon Trading, CDM and REDD: New Forms of Violence against Women NOT Women’s Empowerment!

As you know, carbons markets, the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) and REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation) are false solutions to climate change, which commodify, privatize and sell the air we breathe to generate permits to pollute. These permits to pollute also known as carbon credits are used by polluters and climate criminals like Shell, Chevron and Rio Tinto to avoid reducing greenhouse gas emissions at source. [1] The World Bank and the United Nations are at the forefront of promoting these false solutions to climate change. Meanwhile the State of California is on the verge of launching a global model for implementing REDD and the CDM.

As women, we know that carbon trading and carbon offset projects violate our right to life because they increase pollution and make global warming worse. Carbon offset projects have resulted in land grabs, human rights abuses, violations of the rights of women, children, and Indigenous Peoples, forced displacement, armed guards, jailings, persecution and criminalization of activists.[2] The carbon trading scam also means more asthma, heart disease and cancer for communities living near sources of pollution. Carbon markets cynically greenwash increased fossil fuel exploitation, extraction and combustion, which create toxic hot spots and toxic body burdens for women, affecting the right of future generations to a healthy life.

As women who are guardians and collectors of water, we know that these false solutions allow polluting industries and governments to increase toxic emissions and releases, which poison our precious water. Furthermore, these false solutions to climate change cause more droughts, floods and natural disasters, during which women and children are 14 times more likely to die than men. [3]

We, the under-signed organizations and individuals celebrate Mother Earth and women. We reject carbon trading, the CDM and REDD, and denounce them as new forms of violence against women, children, local communities and Indigenous Peoples. We also reject the Women’s Carbon Standard,[4] “gender sensitive carbon offset projects,”[5] “women and children methodologies”[6] and the promotion and certification of carbon trading and carbon offset projects of any kind, in terms of women’s empowerment and leadership or our families’ and children’s wellbeing.

We, the undersigned, defend life and human rights and demand climate justice and gender equality now!

CC:

  • UN-REDD;
  • Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Christiana     Figueres;
  • UN Women;
  • Commission on the Status of Women;
  • UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women, Rashida Manjoo;
  • The Committee on the Convention for the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW);
  • The Committee of the Convention on the Rights of the Child;
  • The Committee on the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD);
  • The United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues;
  • UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights and fundamental freedoms of Indigenous Peoples, James Anaya;
  • UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights, Magdalena Sepúlveda
  • Mary Nichols, Chair of the California Air Resources Board
  • Ashley
Conrad-Saydah, Assistant  Secretary for Climate Policy, California Environmental
Protection Agency
  • Arsenio Mataka, Subsecretary for  Environmental
Justice and
Tribal Affairs California Environmental
 Protection Agency
  • La
Ronda
Bowen, Ombudsman, California Environmental Protection
Agency
  • Jason A. Gray, Staff
Counsel,
California
Air  Resources Board

[1] No REDD in Africa http://www.redd-monitor.org/2013/05/04/no-redd-in-africa-network-opposes-inclusion-of-redd-offsets-in-californias-cap-and-trade-scheme/
[2] www.no-redd.com, www.redd-monitor.org, Women against REDD Statement http://www.redd-monitor.org/2011/03/11/on-international-women%E2%80%99s-day-an-invitation-to-sign-the-position-on-women-and-redd/
[3] http://www.unwomen.org/lo/news/in-focus/the-united-nations-conference-on-sustainable-development-rio-20/facts-and-figures#sthash.rLr8qO8O.dpuf
[4] http://www.womenscarbon.org/, http://unfccc.int/gender_and_climate_change/items/7516.php
[5] http://www.womenscarbon.org/node/41
[6] http://unfccc.int/resource/docs/publications/cdm_and_women.pdf

Add Name/Organization - Agregar Nombre/organización

To:

The World Bank Group President Dr. Jim Yong Kim;
His Excellency Ban Ki-moon Secretary-General of United Nations;
To the Honorable Governor Jerry Brown of the State of California, United States of America;

RE: Carbon Trading, CDM and REDD: New Forms of Violence against Women NOT Women’s Empowerment!

As you know, carbons markets, the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) and REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation) are false solutions to climate change, which commodify, privatize and sell the air we breathe to generate permits to pollute. These permits to pollute also known as carbon credits are used by polluters and climate criminals like Shell, Chevron and Rio Tinto to avoid reducing greenhouse gas emissions at source. [1] The World Bank and the United Nations are at the forefront of promoting these false solutions to climate change. Meanwhile the State of California is on the verge of launching a global model for implementing REDD and the CDM.

As women, we know that carbon trading and carbon offset projects violate our right to life because they increase pollution and make global warming worse. Carbon offset projects have resulted in land grabs, human rights abuses, violations of the rights of women, children, and Indigenous Peoples, forced displacement, armed guards, jailings, persecution and criminalization of activists.[2] The carbon trading scam also means more asthma, heart disease and cancer for communities living near sources of pollution. Carbon markets cynically greenwash increased fossil fuel exploitation, extraction and combustion, which create toxic hot spots and toxic body burdens for women, affecting the right of future generations to a healthy life.

As women who are guardians and collectors of water, we know that these false solutions allow polluting industries and governments to increase toxic emissions and releases, which poison our precious water. Furthermore, these false solutions to climate change cause more droughts, floods and natural disasters, during which women and children are 14 times more likely to die than men. [3]

We, the under-signed organizations and individuals celebrate Mother Earth and women. We reject carbon trading, the CDM and REDD, and denounce them as new forms of violence against women, children, local communities and Indigenous Peoples. We also reject the Women’s Carbon Standard,[4] “gender sensitive carbon offset projects,”[5] “women and children methodologies”[6] and the promotion and certification of carbon trading and carbon offset projects of any kind, in terms of women’s empowerment and leadership or our families’ and children’s wellbeing.

We, the undersigned, defend life and human rights and demand climate justice and gender equality now!

CC:

UN-REDD;
Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Christiana Figueres;
UN Women;
Commission on the Status of Women;
UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women, Rashida Manjoo;
The Committee on the Convention for the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW);
The Committee of the Convention on the Rights of the Child;
The Committee on the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD);
The United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues;
UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights and fundamental freedoms of Indigenous Peoples, James Anaya;
UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights, Magdalena Sepúlveda
Mary Nichols, Chair of the California Air Resources Board
Ashley
Conrad-Saydah, Assistant Secretary for Climate Policy, California Environmental
Protection Agency
Arsenio Mataka, Subsecretary for Environmental
Justice and
Tribal Affairs California Environmental
 Protection Agency
La
Ronda
Bowen, Ombudsman, California Environmental Protection
Agency
Jason A. Gray, Staff
Counsel,
California
Air Resources Board

[1] No REDD in Africa http://www.redd-monitor.org/2013/05/04/no-redd-in-africa-network-opposes-inclusion-of-redd-offsets-in-californias-cap-and-trade-scheme/
[2] www.no-redd.com, www.redd-monitor.org, Women against REDD Statement http://www.redd-monitor.org/2011/03/11/on-international-women%E2%80%99s-day-an-invitation-to-sign-the-position-on-women-and-redd/
[3] http://www.unwomen.org/lo/news/in-focus/the-united-nations-conference-on-sustainable-development-rio-20/facts-and-figures#sthash.rLr8qO8O.dpuf
[4] http://www.womenscarbon.org/, http://unfccc.int/gender_and_climate_change/items/7516.php
[5] http://www.womenscarbon.org/node/41
[6] http://unfccc.int/resource/docs/publications/cdm_and_women.pdf

Al:
 Presidente del Banco Mundial Dr. Jim Yong Kim;
 Secretario-General de las Naciones Unidas Su Excelencia Ban Ki-moon;
 Gobernador Jerry Brown del Estado de California, Estados Unidos;

¡Mercados de carbono, MDL y REDD son
Nuevas Formas de Violencia contra la Mujer
NO el empoderamiento de las mujeres!

Como ustedes saben, los mercados de carbono, el Mecanismo de Desarrollo Limpio (MDL) y REDD (Reducción de Emisiones por Deforestación y Degradación de bosques) son falsas soluciones al cambio climático, que mercantilizan, privatizan y venden el aire que respiramos para generar permisos para contaminar. Estos permisos para contaminar también conocidos como créditos de carbono son utilizados por los contaminadores y los criminales del clima como las petroleras Shell y Chevron-Texaco y la minera Rio Tinto para evitar la reducción de las emisiones de gases del efecto invernadero en el lugar donde se origen. [1] El Banco Mundial y las Naciones Unidas están a la vanguardia de promover estas falsas soluciones al cambio climático. Mientras tanto, el Estado de California está al punto de lanzar un modelo mundial para implementar REDD y el MDL.
Como mujeres sabemos que el comercio de carbono y los proyectos de compensación de carbono violan nuestro derecho a la vida, ya que aumentan la contaminación y empeoran el calentamiento global. Proyectos de compensación de carbono han resultado en el despojo de tierras, violaciones de los derechos humanos, las violaciones de los derechos de las mujeres, los niños y los Pueblos Indígenas, la reubicación forzosa, guardias armados, encarcelamientos, la persecución y la criminalización de activistas.[2] La estafa del comercio de carbono también significa más asma, enfermedades del corazón y cáncer para las comunidades que vivan cerca de las fuentes de contaminación. Los mercados de carbono hacen un “lavado verde” de más explotación, extracción y quema de combustibles fósiles, lo que crean basureros tóxicos y cargan de veneno a los cuerpos de las mujeres, así perjudicando el derecho de las generaciones futuras a una vida sana.

Como mujeres guardianas y recolectoras del agua, sabemos que estas falsas soluciones permiten a las industrias y los gobiernos contaminadores a aumentar sus emisiones y fugas tóxicas, que envenenan el agua sagrada. Además estas falsas soluciones al cambio climático resultan en más sequias, inundaciones y desastres naturales, durante los cuales es 14 veces más probable que las mujeres y niños mueran que los hombres.[3]
Las organizaciones e individuos abajo-firmantes celebramos la Madre Tierra y la mujer. Rechazamos el comercio de carbono, el MDL y REDD, y los denunciamos como nuevas formas de violencia contra las mujeres, los niños, las comunidades locales y los Pueblos Indígenas. También rechazamos el Estándar de Carbono de la Mujer,[4] “los proyectos de compensación de carbono con perspectiva de género”, [5] “las metodologías con las mujeres y los niños” [6] y la promoción y la certificación de comercio de carbono y los proyectos de compensación de carbono de cualquier tipo, en términos del empoderamiento y el liderazgo de las mujeres o el bienestar de nuestras familias y niños..
¡Defendemos la vida y los derechos humanos y exigimos justicia climática y la igualdad de género ya!
CC:
 ONU-REDD
 Secretaria Ejecutiva de la Convención Marco de las Naciones Unidas sobre el Cambio Climático Christiana Figueres,;
 ONU Mujeres;
 Comisión de la Condición Jurídica y Social de la Mujer;
 Relatora Especial de la ONU sobre la violencia contra la mujer, Rashida Manjoo;
 El Comité de la Convención para la Eliminación de la Discriminación contra la Mujer (CEDAW);
 El Comité de la Convención sobre los Derechos del Niño;
 El Comité de la Convención sobre la Eliminación de todas las formas de Discriminación Racial (CERD);
 El Foro Permanente de las Naciones Unidas para las Cuestiones Indígenas;
 Relator Especial de la ONU sobre los derechos humanos y las libertades fundamentales de los Pueblos Indígenas, James Anaya;
 Relatora Especial de la ONU sobre la extrema pobreza y los derechos humanos, Magdalena Sepúlveda;
 Mary Nichols, Presidenta de California Air Resources Board;
 Ashley
Conrad-Saydah, Assistant Secretary for Climate Policy, California Environmental
Protection Agency;
 Arsenio Mataka, Subsecretary for Environmental
Justice and
Tribal Affairs California Environmental
 Protection Agency;
 LaRonda
Bowen, Defensoría, California Environmental Protection
Agency;
 Jason A. Gray, Asesor Jurídico, California
Air Resources Board.
[1] No REDD in Africa http://www.redd-monitor.org/2013/05/04/no-redd-in-africa-network-opposes-inclusion-of-redd-offsets-in-californias-cap-and-trade-scheme/
[2] www.no-redd.com, www.redd-monitor.org, Women against REDD Statement http://www.redd-monitor.org/2011/03/11/on-international-women%E2%80%99s-day-an-invitation-to-sign-the-position-on-women-and-redd/
[3] http://www.unwomen.org/lo/news/in-focus/the-united-nations-conference-on-sustainable-development-rio-20/facts-and-figures#sthash.rLr8qO8O.dpuf
[4] http://www.womenscarbon.org/, http://unfccc.int/gender_and_climate_change/items/7516.php
[5] http://www.womenscarbon.org/node/41
[6] http://unfccc.int/resource/docs/publications/cdm_and_women.pdf

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Firma la carta de mujeres indígenas y organizaciones que se oponen contundentemente al comercio de carbono, al MDL y REDD+

Como mujeres y aliados, por favor firme la carta con su nombre y/o con su organización para oponerse a las falsas soluciones al cambio climático del Banco Mundial, las Naciones Unidas y el Estado de California de EEUU, que incluyen el comercio de carbono, las compensaciones de carbono, el Mecanismo de Desarrollo Limpio (MDL) y la Reducción de Emisiones de la Deforestación y la Degradación forestal (REDD+).

Exigimos que el Banco Mundial, las Naciones Unidas y el Estado de California rechacen estas falsa soluciones basadas en el mercado neoliberal que resultan en despojos de territorio, y que son malas para el planeta, violan los derechos de las Mujeres Indígenas, los niños y la juventud, no protegen los bosques y aumentan la violencia y abusos contra los Pueblos Indígenas y las comunidades locales.

Una copia de la carta será entregada a los destinarios e incluirá una lista de los individuos y organizaciones que han firmada la carta/petición.

Al:

  • Presidente del Banco Mundial Dr. Jim Yong Kim;
  • Secretario-General de las Naciones Unidas Su Excelencia Ban Ki-moon;
  • Gobernador Jerry Brown del Estado de California, Estados Unidos;

¡Mercados de carbono, MDL y REDD son
Nuevas Formas de Violencia contra la Mujer
NO el empoderamiento de las mujeres!

Como ustedes saben, los mercados de carbono, el Mecanismo de Desarrollo Limpio (MDL) y REDD (Reducción de Emisiones por Deforestación y Degradación de bosques) son falsas soluciones al cambio climático, que mercantilizan, privatizan y venden el aire que respiramos para generar permisos para contaminar. Estos permisos para contaminar también conocidos como créditos de carbono son utilizados por los contaminadores y los criminales del clima como las petroleras Shell y Chevron-Texaco y la minera Rio Tinto para evitar la reducción de las emisiones de gases del efecto invernadero en el lugar donde se origen. [1] El Banco Mundial y las Naciones Unidas están a la vanguardia de promover estas falsas soluciones al cambio climático. Mientras tanto, el Estado de California está al punto  de lanzar un modelo mundial para implementar REDD y el MDL.

Como mujeres sabemos que el comercio de carbono y los proyectos de compensación de carbono violan nuestro derecho a la vida, ya que aumentan la contaminación y empeoran el calentamiento global. Proyectos de compensación de carbono han resultado en el despojo de tierras, violaciones de los derechos humanos, las violaciones de los derechos de las mujeres, los niños y los Pueblos Indígenas, la reubicación  forzosa, guardias armados, encarcelamientos, la persecución y la criminalización de activistas.[2] La estafa del comercio de carbono también significa más asma, enfermedades del corazón y cáncer para las comunidades que vivan cerca de las fuentes de contaminación. Los mercados de carbono hacen un “lavado verde” de más explotación, extracción y quema de combustibles fósiles, lo que crean basureros tóxicos y cargan de veneno a los cuerpos de las mujeres, así perjudicando el derecho de las generaciones futuras a una vida sana.

Como mujeres guardianas y recolectoras del agua, sabemos que estas falsas soluciones permiten a las industrias  y los gobiernos contaminadores a aumentar sus emisiones y fugas tóxicas, que envenenan el agua sagrada. Además estas falsas soluciones al cambio climático resultan en más sequias, inundaciones y desastres naturales, durante los cuales es 14 veces más probable que las mujeres y niños mueran que los hombres.[3]

Las organizaciones e individuos abajo-firmantes celebramos la Madre Tierra y la mujer. Rechazamos el comercio de carbono, el MDL y REDD, y los denunciamos como nuevas formas de violencia contra las mujeres, los niños, las comunidades locales y los Pueblos Indígenas. También rechazamos el Estándar de Carbono de la Mujer,[4]  “los proyectos de compensación de carbono con perspectiva de género”, [5] “las metodologías con las mujeres y los niños” [6]  y la promoción y la certificación de comercio de carbono y los proyectos de compensación de carbono de cualquier tipo, en términos del empoderamiento y el liderazgo de las mujeres o el bienestar de nuestras familias y niños..

¡Defendemos la vida y los derechos humanos y exigimos justicia climática y la igualdad de género ya!

CC:

  • ONU-REDD
  • Secretaria Ejecutiva de la Convención Marco de las Naciones Unidas sobre el Cambio Climático Christiana Figueres,;
  • ONU Mujeres;
  • Comisión de la Condición Jurídica y Social de la Mujer;
  • Relatora Especial de la ONU sobre la violencia contra la mujer, Rashida Manjoo;
  • El Comité de la Convención para la Eliminación de la Discriminación contra la Mujer (CEDAW);
  • El Comité de la Convención sobre los Derechos del Niño;
  • El Comité de la Convención sobre la Eliminación de todas las formas de Discriminación Racial (CERD);
  • El Foro Permanente de las Naciones Unidas para las Cuestiones Indígenas;
  • Relator Especial de la ONU sobre los derechos humanos y las libertades fundamentales de los Pueblos Indígenas, James Anaya;
  • Relatora Especial de la ONU sobre la extrema pobreza y los derechos humanos, Magdalena Sepúlveda;
  • Mary Nichols, Presidenta de California Air Resources Board;
  • Ashley
Conrad-Saydah, Assistant  Secretary for Climate Policy, California Environmental
Protection Agency;
  • Arsenio Mataka, Subsecretary for  Environmental
Justice and
Tribal Affairs California Environmental
 Protection Agency;
  • LaRonda
Bowen, Defensoría, California Environmental Protection
Agency;
  • Jason A. Gray, Asesor Jurídico, California
Air Resources Board.

[1] No REDD in Africa http://www.redd-monitor.org/2013/05/04/no-redd-in-africa-network-opposes-inclusion-of-redd-offsets-in-californias-cap-and-trade-scheme/
[2] www.no-redd.com, www.redd-monitor.org, Women against REDD Statement http://www.redd-monitor.org/2011/03/11/on-international-women%E2%80%99s-day-an-invitation-to-sign-the-position-on-women-and-redd/
[3] http://www.unwomen.org/lo/news/in-focus/the-united-nations-conference-on-sustainable-development-rio-20/facts-and-figures#sthash.rLr8qO8O.dpuf
[4] http://www.womenscarbon.org/, http://unfccc.int/gender_and_climate_change/items/7516.php
[5] http://www.womenscarbon.org/node/41
[6] http://unfccc.int/resource/docs/publications/cdm_and_women.pdf

 

World Slams California’s Offsets

World Slams California’s Offsets

Opposition Mounts as California Expands its Cap-and-Trade Market Regime

to Include Methane Capture from Coal Mining and Rice Farming

 

For Immediate Release: April 25, 2014
Contacts:  
Tom B.K. Goldtooth, Indigenous Environmental Network, 218-760-0442, ien@igc.org
Mari Rose Taruc, Asian Pacific Environmental Network and AB32 Environmental Justice Advisory Committee member, 510-258-1878, marirose@apen4ej.org

Sacramento – Global civil society, Indigenous Peoples, environmental organizations and social movements from over 30 countries slammed the State of California’s plans to include methane offsets from coal mining and rice cultivation in its cap-and-trade program because they are false solutions to climate change that greenwash mining and use food for carbon trading.

“The peoples of the world reject offsets and carbon traders, big polluting corporations like mining companies and oil giants Shell and Chevron, defend offsets,” notes Americans against Offsets.

This resounding international outcry has already opposed other forms of offsets in California’s Global Warming Solutions Act (AB32) including offsets from urban trees, domestic and Canadian forests, and REDD (Reducing Emissions form Deforestation and Degradation) in countries such as Mexico, Brazil and other tropical forest countries. Furthermore, the Environmental Justice Advisory Committee of AB32 echoed this opposition to offsets when it submitted its final recommendations to the California Air Resource Board on April 11, 2014.

“Offsets are a carbon trading scam to supposedly compensate greenhouse gas emissions and are used by polluters instead of reducing pollution at source”, says Tom BK Goldtooth, executive director of the Indigenous Environmental Network, who has 16 years of experience participating in national and United Nations climate negotiations.

The California Air Resource Board (CARB) is slated to adopt the Mine Methane Capture Protocol today at its board meeting in Sacramento. The Rice Cultivation Projects Compliance Offset Protocol is slated for adoption in September 2014. This follows CARB’s actions fast tracking the implementation of REDD, a highly controversial forest and plantation offset with uncertainties that beset offsets, including measurement, verification and environmental and human rights concerns.

“The use of offsets, and the possible allowance of offsets from coal mines, is completely counterproductive to any real progress in reversing the root causes of climate change,” Wenonah Hauter, Executive Director of Food and Water Watch stated in the public comment process of CARB in October 2013. “Offsets do not lead to real, additional, or permanent emissions reductions… Addressing climate change requires direct pollution reductions, as well as the use of sustainable and renewable energy sources.”

California Assembly member Nancy Skinner, who serves on the committee on natural resources and public safety, wrote to CARB requesting it postpone indefinitely the adoption of the methane offsets protocol. According to Ms. Skinner, “The protocol, as written, will subsidize coal mining, likely for export… Mine Methane Capture [offsets] could actually increase carbon emissions…We cannot have a policy that directly incentivizes coal mining. The best way to reach our AB 32 goals is to keep coal in the ground.”

Goldtooth agrees, “IEN just released a brief report, “Burn, Baby, Burn: California’s Methane Offsets”, that shows the MMC has extremely strong potential to become a major driver of national coal mining. The proposed offset protocol purports to be about the environmentally motivated capture and destruction of methane gas for offsets.   However, it actually incentivizes and subsidizes the development of additional and potentially major coal mining and natural gas extraction operations, including flaring and burning, in existing and future coal mines. And let us not forget that coal is the biggest contributor to climate change.””

CARB is moving aggressively to include its first agricultural-based offsets into its cap-and-trade program. The Rice Cultivation Project Protocol will open the door for carbon offsets from growing rice. Over 125 civil society organizations from 30 countries sent the “No REDD Rice Manifesto” to the CARB demanding the rejection of the rice cultivation offset protocol and denouncing the use of sacred staple crops and food for carbon trading. The public comment log shows that 90.7% of the respondents are against rice offsets, and only 7.4% in favor.

According to Kartini Samon of GRAIN’s Indonesian office, “REDD is another form of privatization of our natural resources including land, water, seeds and air. REDD rice will increase land grabbing of farm land all over the world. We really need to fight REDD rice.”

“I thought California wanted to be a leader for real climate action. If they do, they need to cancel all offset regimes,” Goldtooth concluded.

Concerns have also been raised about the lack of transparency of the Air Resources Board’s comment log and attempts to minimalize the overwhelming opposition to offsets.

“We refuse to be erased,” said Americans against Offsets. “Stopping offsets is a matter of life and death for Americans and the planet.”

Download the Report: Burn, Baby, Burn:California’s Methane Offsets (PDF)

 

For more info: http://no-redd.com/

 

 

 

INDIGENOUS ENVIRONMENTAL NETWORK

P.O. Box 485

Bemidji, MN 56619

www.ienearth.org

Email: noredd@igc.org

Forced Relocation of Sengwer People proves urgency of canceling REDD

February 25, 2014

We, the No REDD in Africa Network (NRAN) together with the undersigned organizations and individuals, strongly condemn the massive evictions and forced relocation of the Sengwer Indigenous People, one of the few remaining hunter-gatherers of the world, from their ancestral home in Kenya’s Cherangany Hills.

SIGN BELOW – DEADLINE March 6, 2014 

2pm U.S. Eastern Standard Time

 

Sign On to Demand Cancellation of REDD - Firma para exigir la cancelacion de REDD

This petition is now closed.

End date: Mar 06, 2014

Signatures collected: 278

278 signatures

 

The Kenyan government calls the Sengwer People ‘squatters,’ despite the fact that they and their ancestors have lived in the Cherangany Hills since time immemorial; and that Article (63d) of the Kenyan constitution (2010) grants them inalienable rights to their ancestral lands.

Sengwer spokesman Yator Kiptum denounced the “disaster” carried out by a combined force of the Kenya Forest Service (KFS) and Administration Police, a paramilitary unit of the police, now evicting the Sengwer, destroying property and burning homes[1]. “The government of Kenya is forcing us into extinction,” he said.[2] According to international human rights law such as the Convention on Genocide, forced relocation of ethnic or racial minorities is a very grave violation and can constitute genocide.

World Bank’s complicity

We take great exception to the press statement issued by the World Bank[3] in which it attempts to distance itself from the forced relocation of the Sengwer People. The cause and effect is perfectly clear; the Bank in its highly controversial role as both carbon credit financier and broker is aiding and abetting the forced relocation of an entire Indigenous People through its Natural Resource Management Plan (NRMP) which includes REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation), in the Cherangany Hills.

What is perhaps most disturbing about the statement is the World Bank’s offer to the Kenyan government, “to share best practices in resettlement in line with its safeguard policies. These seek to improve or restore the living standards of people affected by involuntary resettlement.” The World Bank is both admitting its complicity in the forced relocation of the Sengwer People as well as offering to collude with the Kenyan government to cover-up cultural genocide. Claims of being able to restore and improve the living standards of evicted people such as the Sengwer are crude, paternalistic, colonial in nature and above all smack of sheer arrogance on the World Bank’s part.

Background

From 2007 till date, there have been almost yearly forced evictions of the Sengwer People[4] with the latest evictions being the most violent of them all. It is no coincidence that the evictions began in 2007, the very same the year that the World Bank’s Natural Resource Management Project started[5].

In 2013, the Sengwer People moved to court to file an injunction against their imminent removal from their homes and in May an interim injunction was secured at the Eldoret high-court. These orders were further extended in November and on 18 January 2014; the same court issued further orders requiring that the police arrest anyone breaching the injunction until the matter of community rights to their land is resolved. The government of Kenya has continued to ignore these court orders, taking upon itself the role of judge and prosecutor of the Sengwer People’s case.

The Sengwer People are being accused of encroaching on and destroying the forests in the Cherangany Hills, leading to the drying up of rivers that provide water to nearby towns and villages. The government of Kenya states that evicting these ‘squatters’ is the only way to begin the ‘conservation’ of the ecosystems and specially the forests in the area. This is a complete obfuscation of the truth. The Sengwer People have always preserved these ecosystems in their ancestral land by practicing by living sustainably and are now facing complete annihilation under the guise of ‘conservation’ under REDD.

The Kenyan government insists on not distinguishing between the Sengwer People and a large group of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), including those affected by the 2007-2008 post-election violence, and victims of landslides who have settled in the Embobut Forest area. The government’s refusal to make this distinction is an attempt to falsely label the Sengwer People as “squatters.”

REDD driving Land Grabs and Forced Relocation of Indigenous Peoples

We are alarmed at the obvious connection between these evictions and the World Bank’s funding of the Kenyan government’s REDD+ ‘readiness’ program in the Cherangany Hills through the bank’s Natural Resource Management project (NRMP). REDD is a highly controversial emissions reduction scheme that uses forests, plantations and lands in the Global South as carbon offsets and supposed sponges of the fossil fuel carbon emissions and pollution from the Global North.

The head of conservation at the Kenya Forest Service, Mr. Solomon Mibei, is on record stating that “REDD+ mechanism is a future option.” He also admitted that the KFS is doing carbon financing workshops with communities. “At the moment, the KFS is conducting workshops with communities living around the Embobut forest and the Kakamega forest to educate them on carbon financing.” Furthermore, the Kenya Forest service has been designated as the REDD+ focal point for the coordination of national REDD+ readiness activities.

REDD+ allows rich polluting countries to shirk their historical responsibilities for and contribution to the climate crisis we now face by enabling them to shift the burden to ‘developing’ countries like Kenya. Instead of reducing emissions at source, which is the only sustainable way to stop the climate catastrophe, such schemes allow them to pretend to reduce emissions elsewhere in the world. Unfortunately as the Sengwer case shows, it is the poorest and most marginalized in developing countries who not only suffer the most from climate change but also the negative effects of the false solutions to climate change like REDD. These false solutions, above all, enable global economic interests to benefit from massive land grabs and the abuse of human and environmental rights.

The World Bank project initially claimed to address land claims of the indigenous communities, as part of the process of ensuring the fair and effective management of the Cherangany Hills forest. This was welcomed by the Sengwer People who thought it would be a great opportunity to address decades of marginalization and loss of access to their ancestral lands which they had faced under the hands of successive Kenyan governments.

But this initiative was soon dropped by the Bank which claimed that it was ‘too complicated’ but at the same time continued to fund the Kenyan government’s REDD+ work in the Cherangany Hills, thereby further entrenching the marginalization of the Sengwer People[6].

In January 2013, members of the Sengwer People made a formal complaint to the World Bank’s Inspection Panel, the organ tasked with the duty of reviewing the impacts of the projects funded by the World Bank[7]. The Inspection Panel visited Kenya in May 2013 to assess the eligibility of the complaint and members of the Sengwer People described the loss of access to much of their ancestral lands as well as their traditional right to protect the forests which they have always depended on for their survival[8]. The Inspection Panel found the complaint to be admissible and a full investigation was recommended, with the final outcome of the investigation expected by the end of the first quarter of 2014.

Unfortunately, the abuses against the Sengwer People are not an exception. The violent eviction of the Ogiek People from the Mau Forest for UNEP-funded REDD is another example of Indigenous Peoples in Kenya being evicted for REDD.[9]

The No REDD in Africa Network’s Maputo Declaration (2013)[10], declared that REDD-type projects are leading to the displacement of forest dependent communities, servitude, killings, repression and other human rights abuses, and the Sengwer Peoples’ plight is a clear example of what we condemn and why there must be no REDD in Africa.

The No REDD in Africa Network has repeatedly denounced that  REDD+ is not merely a false solution to climate change, but is emerging as a new form of colonialism, economic subjugation and a driver of land grabs so massive that they may constitute a continent grab.[11] We must defend the continent from carbon colonialism.

The forced relocation of the Sengwer People by the AK-47 touting Kenya Forest Service is reminiscent of the forced removals of rural communities by the then South African government during the apartheid era. We had hoped that this kind of history would not repeat itself in the continent.

Demands to Government of Kenya:

1. We demand that the government of Kenya immediately and definitively halt the evictions of the Sengwer Indigenous People, return their ancestral lands and provide full reparations and compensation and provide guarantees that they will not be attacked again.

2. We demand that the government of Kenya should issue a formal apology to the Sengwer, duly recognizing these law-abiding citizens of Kenya of as the owners and best custodians of their territory and forests in the Cherangany Hills.

Demands to Governments and the United Nations:

  1. We request that the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, the UN Special Adviser on Genocide, the UN Special Adviser on the Responsibility to Protect, the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD), the UN Special Rapporteur on Indigenous Peoples,  the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparations and guarantees of non-repetition, the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Peoples and the UN Expert Mechanism on Indigenous Peoples immediately coordinate, issue statements and take measures to halt the forced relocation and extinction of the Sengwer People, as well as propose concrete measures for the recovery of their territory, reparations, justice and guarantees of non-repetition.
  2. We demand that governments, companies, carbon traders, the World Bank and the United Nations including UN-REDD, UNEP, UNDP and others immediately cancel these harmful REDD and other carbon offset schemes.
  3. We request that the Office of UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and the UN Special Adviser on Genocide prepare a report on how REDD and carbon offsets are causing violations of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
  4. We demand the creation of an International Truth Commission on the forced relocation of the Sengwer People and abuses associated with REDD, REDD-type projects, the Clean Development Mechanism and carbon trading and carbon offsets in the world; composed of Indigenous Peoples, local communities and experts on human rights, the environment and the climate.

Request to African Commission:

  1. We invite the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights to prepare a report on the impact of REDD and carbon offsets on the Indigenous Peoples, local communities and land grabbing in Africa.

In closing, we cordially request that the Government of Kenya, the United Nations and the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights to respond to these demands and requests, and take the corresponding action.

For the No REDD in Africa Network (NRAN),

Signed by: Nnimmo Bassey & Anabela Lemos

 

Cc:

  • President – Uhuru Kenyatta
  • United Nations Secretary General – Ban Ki-Moon
  • President of the World Bank – Jim Yong Kim
  • UN High Commissioner on Human Rights – Navi Pillay
  • UN Special Adviser on prevention of genocide – Adama Dieng
  • UN Special Rapporteur on Indigenous Peoples – James Anaya
  • UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparations and guarantees of non-repetition – Pablo de Greiff
  • UN Special Adviser on the Responsibility to Protect – Jennifer Welsh
  • United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Peoples
  • African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights and its Working Group on Indigenous Populations/Communities in Africa
  • Coordinator of the International Labour Organization (ILO) Programme on Indigenous Peoples – Dr. Albert Barume
  • UN-REDD Programme Policy Board and Secretariat
  • UNEP, Executive Director Achim Steiner
  • UNDP, Administrator Helen Clark
  • Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR)

LIST OF SIGN-ONS

International and Regional level organisations

No REDD in African Network (NRAN)

African Biodiversity Network

Indigenous Environmental Network

Health of Mother Earth Foundation

The Rules

World Rainforest Movement

National-level organisations

Justiça Ambiental (Friends of the Earth Mozambique)

Timberwatch, South Africa

Rainforest Resource and Development Centre (RRDC), Nigeria



[2] Kenyan government forcing us into extinction’: evictions of Sengwer tribe escalate , Survival International, 24 January 2014  http://www.survivalinternational.org/news/9932

[4]World Bank Inspection Panel, Report and Recommendation KENYA: Natural Resource Management Project (P095050),  29 May ‘13, pg. 70, available on http://bit.ly/1jtGMMb

[5] Project Appraisal Document, World Bank, February 26, 2007, available on  http://bit.ly/1jtHtoK

[6]Kenya defies its own courts: torching homes and forcefully evicting the Sengwer from their ancestral lands, threatening their cultural survival.

Available on: http://bit.ly/1eCydMY

[7]How the World Bank is implicated in today’s Embobut Evictions, http://bit.ly/1eCydMY

[8] World Bank Inspection Panel, Report and Recommendation KENYA: Natural Resource Management Project (P095050),  May 29, 2013, page 70, http://bit.ly/1jtGMMb

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