Liberia’s Government is threatening to sign away thirty years of rights to more than one million hectares of forests to Blue Carbon, a private company based in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Blue Carbon claim they will protect and restore these forests and will ‘harvest’ carbon credits to sell to major polluters to allow them to offset their own emissions.
They don’t mention the devastating effect it will have on the livelihoods of up to a million people.
The proposed project will extinguish community land ownership in the selected areas and violate peoples’ legal right to provide Free, Prior and Informed Consent for any developments on their land.
Liberian civil society are outraged and have denounced their government’s actions, pointing out that, under Liberian law, the government has no right to sell carbon on land that belongs to communities.
Blue Carbon’s draft contract also removes the chance for Liberia’s Government to use the forests to meet climate targets. Only Blue Carbon will have the right to decide whether the carbon credits will be sold, and at what price.
NGOs are calling upon the Government of Liberia and Blue Carbon to halt these negotiations until there is clear evidence that the contract is in line with Liberian law, that affected communities have given their Free Prior and Informed Consent and that there is a credible, financially supported, plan for forest protection and restoration.
- ARA, Germany – Wolfgang Kuhlmann
- Asociacion Semillistas, Spain
- Biofuelwatch, UK - Almuth Ernsting
- Blue Dalian, China - Sun Li
- Both ENDS, the Netherlands - Karin van Boxtel
- Carbon Market Watch, Belgium - Sam Van den plas
- Coastal Plain Conservation Group, US - Andy Wood
- denkhausbremen, Germany – Peter Gerhard
- Dogwood Alliance, USA - Scot Quaranda
- Earthsight, UK - Sam Lawson
- Environment east Gippsland inc., Australia - Jill Redwood
- Environmental Investigation Agency, UK – Faith Doherty
- Fern, Belgium – Alexandra Benjamin
- Forum Oekologie & Papier, Germany – Evelyn Shoenheit
- Forest Peoples Programme, UK – Tom Lomax
- Friends of the Earth Europe - Stanka Becheva
- Friends of the Earth Finland - Noora Ojala
- Genç Düşünce Enstitüsü, Turkey - Muratcan Işildak
- Green Longjiang, China - Lu Yingying
- Luontoliitto Finland - Riku Eskelinen
- Milieudefensie / Friends of the Earth Netherlands - Danielle van Oijen
- Pakaid, Pakistan - Asim Nawaz Khan
- Parents for Future UK, Lucie Brown
- Pro REGENWALD, Germany - Hermann Edelmann
- Rainforest Foundation UK - Joe Eisen
- Rettet den Regenwald, Germany - Marianne Klute
- Scholar Tree Alliance, China - Zeng Shengwei
- Siemenpuu Foundation, Finland - Kirsi Chavda
- Snow Alliance, China - Mao Jing