Uganda: Oakland Institute report alleges local community displaced for Green Resources carbon credit project; includes company's response

An Oakland Institute report alleges that Green Resources' Kachung Plantation in Uganda was established on land "grabbed from local communities". It further claims that the project has compromised the surrounding communities' livelihoods. The Business and Human Rights Resource Centre invited Green Resources to respond to the allegations. Green Resources' response is included. 

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Company response
1 October 2019

Green Resources's response

Author: Green Resources

"Green Resources' response"

We have decided not to respond publicly to the recent report by Oakland Institute. Instead we have invited Oakland Institute for dialogue at a time convenient for them. We would prefer such a dialogue to be in person and preferably in Uganda, where we could also bring in the Ugandan government’s view and position into the discussion. We believe that having an argument through publications, social media and other online channels would not be productive and would not lead to better understanding of each other’s concerns. 

We hope the Oakland Institute will take up our invitation in the near future.

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1 October 2019

Oakland Institute report claims local communities displaced to pave way for Green Resources' project

Author: Oakland Institute

"Evicted for Carbon Credits:Norway, Sweden, and Finland Displace Uganda Farmers for Carbon Tradining"

The Kachung tree plantation established by the Norwegian firm Green Resources in Uganda has had a devastating impact on the local people and the environment. Eviction notices released along with this report are evidence that the project was established on land grabbed from local communities. The three Scandinavian governments that finance the project and the international certification bodies that have verified that Green Resources is adhering to social and environmental standards are aware of the land grab. And yet, they have chosen to turn a blind eye to the actions of Green Resources. Beyond the need for accountability, this report raises questions about the functioning and the true purpose of the whole carbon economy.

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