Four years ago, Simon Counsell, the director of the Rainforest Foundation UK, was quoted in the Observer as saying that “REDD needs to be taken out of the hands of the World Bank”.
Earlier this month, more than 100 people flew to Peru to take part in a meeting in the Hilton Hotel in Lima. While they were there, “they demonstrated that innovative climate finance models can help protect forests and mitigate global climate change”.
“How bad does a company have to be before an arts organisation refuses to be associated with it or take its money?” This question was posed recently by Platform, a UK-based organisation that campaigns (amongst other things) against art sponsorship by oil companies.
On 22 May 2014, Thailand’s Royal Thai Armed Forces launched a coup d’état and set up a junta with the appropriately Orwellian name, the National Council for Peace and Order.
There’s an interesting discussion taking place in the World Bank’s Forest Carbon Partnership Facility about the price of carbon: How much will the Carbon Fund pay for REDD carbon credits?
“Unless major changes are made in FCPF planning, design and validation of emissions reduction programmes to ensure alignment with the FCPF Charter and international human rights standards, the FCPF Carbon Fund risks enabling seriously flawed REDD pilots that could generate negative impacts on indigenous peoples and local communities as the FCPF moves towards implementation of activities on the ground.”
In his book “Foreclosing the Future”, Bruce Rich notes that one of the lessons of 20 years of the World Bank is “governance first”. Even the best designed projects will fail in the absence of proper institutional and legal capacity.
Anja Bursche has worked as an environmental governance consultant for German Development Cooperation, focusing on the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility from 2011 to 2013. The views and opinions expressed in the guest post are her own and do not reflect the views of the German government.
Earlier this week, Jim Yong Kim, the president of the World Bank and Christine Lagarde, the managing director of the International Monetary Fund spoke about climate change. This was the first time that the two have spoken together in public about climate change.
This week, Global Witness released a new report investigating a land grabbing crisis in Laos and Cambodia. The report looks at two Vietnamese “rubber baron” companies, Hoang Anh Gia Lai (HAGL) and the Vietnam Rubber Group (VRG). Global Witness found that these companies “have leased vast tracts of land for plantations in Laos and Cambodia, with disastrous consequences for local communities and the environment”.
Forest Peoples Programme’s April 2013 E-Newsletter focusses on safeguards. The E-Newsletter starts by looking at why safeguards matter. Other articles explain and comment on the World Bank’s safeguards review, forest policy and oil palm policy, the failure of safeguards in the Camisea gas project in Peru and examples from the Congo Basin and Cameroon.
Despite the criticisms of El Salvador’s REDD readiness process, the World Bank’s Forest Carbon Partnership Facility has accepted El Salvador’s Readiness Preparation Plan. Nevertheless, groups and activists in El Salvador continue to question the process.