Tanzania: ActionAid report claims locals displaced by Bagamoyo EcoEnergy's sugar project not adequately consulted; company responds

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Company response
31 March 2015

Bagamoyo EcoEnergy's response

Author: Bagamoyo EcoEnergy Response

"Land grabbing definition perpetrated in the BEE project"

Bagamoyo EcoEnergy (BEE) believes that all Projects may do ‘more harm than good’…unless safeguards are put in place to ensure equitable development. For that reason, BEE has made immense efforts to follow international best practice standards1. There has been a very comprehensive consultation process on the resettlement programme with not only all the four hamlets2recognised by the GoT valuations process, but also with the temporal residents inside the Project site, all of which has been meticulously documented.

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Article
31 March 2015

Petition to stop EcoEnergy from "grabbing land from communities in Bagamoyo, Tanzania"

Author: ActionAid International

"Take Action- Stop EcoEnergy's land grab"

Rural communities in the Bagamoyo district of Tanzania are opposing a much-lauded sugar cane plantation project planned by EcoEnergy, a Swedish-owned company that has secured a lease of over 20,000 hectares of land for the next 99 years and which is about to push smallholder producers off their land. 
 
Although the company has conducted consultations with affected villagers, the research conducted by ActionAid found that the majority have not been offered the choice of whether to be resettled or not, and have not been given crucial information about the irreversible effects the project may have on their livelihoods and their rights to food and land. By failing to obtain the free, prior and informed consent of the communities in the area affected by the project, EcoEnergy [subsidiary of EcoDevelopment in Europe] is grabbing the land of these communities, or risks doing so.

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31 March 2015

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Author: ActionAid International

"EcoEnergy and the Tanzanian government claim that the project will bring many benefits to the local communities, but this research highlights numerous problems with it. In the first phases of the project,approximately 1,300 people – mainly farmers – will lose some or all of their land and/or their homes...There will be further displacements in subsequent phases, in which ActionAid estimates that hundreds of people could be affected.

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