Campaign Focus Santa Rita – Large hydro power project, Guatemala
Call for UN carbon credit scheme to reject Guatemalan project following allegations of murder and intimidation
Carbon Market Watch is calling on the Executive Board of the UN’s Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) to reject the Santa Rita Hydroelectric Plant (project ref#: 9713) at its meeting starting on 28 May 2014 in Bonn following alleged human rights abuses, including murders and intimidation of affected communities.
The Santa Rita Hydroelectric Plant is one of three projects that are under development in the Icbolay River and in the municipality of Cobán, in the Alta Verapaz region in Guatemala. The project is subject to community opposition over the environmental and social impacts and over violation of community consultation rights which are at the heart of the Guatemalan Agreement on Identity and Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
The project is currently requesting registration but a review was requested to investigate whether the local stakeholder consultation was carried out in accordance with the CDM rules. The Santa Rita project is the first to have been formally reviewed by the CDM Board on the grounds that local stakeholder consultations were not carried out in the proper way.