Tag Archives: land acquisition

Carbon Colonialism: How The Fight Against Climate Change Is Displacing Africans

A powerful set of stories that show the impacts of pinning our hopes on carbon trading to address climate change. Amongst the case studies cited includes our work in Uganda, as evidence of the costs of establishing carbon markets in the global south. http://www.mintpressnews.com/carbon-colonialism-how-the-fight-against-climate-change-is-displacing-africans/199473/

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A history of violent evictions

“We were scared, fearing we would be put in prison. We thought if we resisted we would be punished, so we surrendered our crops in fear.” Village woman, Mayuge District The eviction of people from the land began prior to the arrival of Green Resources, driven in part by national policies to facilitate the privatization and commodification of natural resources

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Evictions destroying food and farming

“…some crops were slashed down, and they used chemicals to spray crops. Even the animals fed on the crops [that were] sprayed, have died.” (Focus group participant, Mayuge District). In addition to the enclosures predating Green Resources’ tenure, recent accounts of forced relocations are directly linked to expansion of the company’s plantation activities. Some villagers shared accounts of their homes

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About Green Resources

Green Resources is reportedly the largest plantation forestry, carbon offset, forest products, and renewable energy company (outside South Africa) operating on the African continent. Company background Green Resources started under the name Fjordgløtt in 1995, and was later renamed Tree Farms, before adopting its current name in 2007.[i] Green Resources is connected to a broad financialization of forestry. In recent decades,

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Uganda and carbon markets

Historical overview of carbon markets and Uganda In Uganda, a number of historical and policy drivers have enabled Green Resources’ plantation forestry and carbon offset activities. A brief background is provided here to understand the contemporary situation, including the transition from government management of land to a range of new actors, including the private sector and international donors:

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