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14 Oct 2016

Indian Law Resource Center

Inter-American Development Bank Confirms Mexico Wind Farm Project Violated Indigenous Peoples Policies

…The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) affirmed claims that the land rights of seven communities in Oaxaca, Mexico, were being violated by a Bank-funded wind power project. …The Mareña Renovables Wind Power Project was slated to be the biggest wind farm in Latin America, with transmission lines  and turbines that would cross over lands belonging to the indigenous communities and affect their fishing areas….A report, adopted by the Executive Board of the IDB…was produced by the Bank’s Independent Consultation and Investigation Mechanism (ICIM)…The report states IDB Management failed to comply with the Bank’s policies, including the Environmental and Safeguards Compliance Policy, the Access to Information Policy, and the Indigenous Peoples Policy….The report also highlights Management’s shortcoming in consulting with the communities…The Executive Board has instructed Management to prepare a work plan to implement the ICIM recommendations…For instance, the report asks the Bank to make publicly available all documents of mandatory release and to ensure that the wind power company communicates the closure of this project to the communities…