Chris Lang

Vision 2050 Forestry in Ghana: The inequities of a carbon credit project

A company called Vision 2050 Forestry claims to be the “leading forestry company in West Africa”. According to the company, between September 2008 and February 2010 more than 300,000 people signed up to Vision 2050 Forestry’s Carbon Credit Project. The company claims that 150 million trees were planted and “five million people are expected to benefit from the project within the five years period as direct beneficiaries”.

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REDD in Cross River, Nigeria: “Property rights, militarised protectionism, and carbonised exclusion”

A recent paper published in Geoforum focusses on REDD, property rights and resource control. The paper, “A political ecology of REDD+: Property rights, militarised protectionism, and carbonised exclusion in Cross River”, is written by Adeniyi P. Asiyanbi of Kings College London and the School of Oriental and African Studies.

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Premier Group (Isle of Man) Ltd goes into liquidation. Inspector appointed to investigate Eco Resource Fund. What next for Troy Wiseman and EcoPlanet Bamboo?

EcoPlanet Bamboo runs bamboo plantations in Nicaragua, South Africa and Ghana. A UK company called EcoPlanet Bamboo (UK) Ltd sold “bamboo bonds” with a promise of “a 500% return on investment over a 15 year period” on an investment of US$50,000. But in December 2015, EcoPlanet Bamboo wrote to bondholders to tell them that their investment was not doing particularly well.

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#SOSAcciónEcológica: Ecuadorian government threatens to close down Acción Ecológica

On 20 December 2016, the Ecuadorian Environment Minister threatened to close down the NGO Acción Ecológica. The threat is in relation to Acción Ecológica’s raising awareness about the environmental impacts of a planned mega-copper mine on the lands of the Shuar indigenous people. The police raided the office of the Shuar Federation, detaining Agustín Wachapa, the Federation’s president.

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Guest Post: TAMS – Failed experiments with carbon in Madagascar

In 2016, Sara Peña Valderrama completed her PhD in social anthropology, where she studied a forest carbon project run by Conservation International in Madagascar. Her thesis is available on Durham University’s website: Entangling Molecules: an ethnography of a carbon offset project in Madagascar’s eastern rainforest. She submitted this Guest Post about what happened when the project changed to a carbon project. She is currently a Honorary Research Associate at Durham University.

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