Write a letter to support Indigenous REDD and stop carbon cowboys!
During the National Workshop “Climate Crisis, Redd+ and indigenous Redd” COICA, AIDESEP, and twenty other indigenous organizations issued the Declaration of Iquitos. In this historic document, AIDESEP proposed Indigenous REDD that respects the cultures, rights and objectives of indigenous people. In addition, they denounced and rejected the Hong Kong company of David John Nilsson (a "carbon cowboy") and demanded his expulsion from Peru.
Currently, scammers are cheating native Amazonians out of their land under the pretext of
creating REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation)
projects. These unscrupulous businessmen have been termed "Carbon
Cowboys." While they say that they want to protect the forest, what they
really want is to get the land for free and cut down the forest and replace it
with palm oil plantations. They lie and say that they are representatives
of the United Nations and the World Bank and promise the communities "billions
of dollars" from carbon offset credits. Using these tactics, they trick vulnerable and
trusting people into signing unfair contracts with hidden clauses giving the
scammers a power of attorney that essentially gives these conmen the forest for
free, allowing them to harvest the timber and replace the native forest with
monocultures of palm oil trees.
I would like to express my support for Indigenous REDD as
proposed by AIDESEP, the national indigenous organization of Peru. I am extremely concerned about the adverse environmental, health and social
consequences of REDD and REDD+ on native and rural communities in Peru.
Currently, dishonest businessmen are tricking native and rural communities into signing
unfair contracts with hidden clauses that essentially give their land away to
these unscrupulous people for free. Please support the initiatives of
AIDESEP and the association
Friends of the Amazon (www.friendsoftheamazon.org) to prevent these so called
"Carbon Cowboys" from gaining control of the Amazon Rainforest under the pretext
of REDD projects.
I urge you to deport David John Nilsson from Peru who is a self-professed "Carbon Cowboy." In addition, I advise you to support amendments to the current law on Free, Prior, and Informed Consent (FPIC) in Peru to include private businesses. Under current laws, FPIC only applies to the government. The laws needs to be changed to include both private enterprises and NGOs (Non-Governmental Organizations) in order to protect the territory and rights of vulnerable native and rural communities.
Please send your letter to:
Peruvian Ambassador in your country (for contact details - see http://www.embassiesabroad.com/embassies-of/Peru
Oscar Valdés, President of the Council of Ministers
Daniel Abugattás, President of the Congress
Verónika Mendoza Frisch, Congresswoman in
Peru who is opposing "Carbon Cowboys"
Eduardo Vega Luna, Ombudsman's Office of Peru ("Defensoría del
Juan Ossio Acuña, Head of the Ministry of Culture and INDEPA
Alberto Pizango, President of the National Indigenous People's Association in
UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
IACHR Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom
United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
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