Killing Ugandans to save the planet
The New Forests Company has rapidly established itself as Uganda’s biggest tree planter with more than 20,000 hectares of forestry land and is emerging as the country’s pre-eminent sustainable forestry company. The company is now operational on three plantations across the country in Mubende, Kiboga and the Bugiri districts and has, by the mid of 2011, planted more than 10’400 hectares of pine and eucalyptus. The company is currently exploring new ways to generate early revenues and has completed the construction of a pole treatment plant close to Mityana, known as the East Africa Pole Company.
Ugandan farmers have been apparently forced off their land as part of a "clean air" programme
The green economy has villagers seeing red in Uganda : Across Africa, some of the world’s poorest people have been thrown off land to make way for foreign investors , often uprooting local farmers so that food can be grown on a commercial scale and shipped to richer countries overseas. But in this case, the government and the company said the settlers were illegal and evicted for a good cause: to protect the environment and help fight global warming .
Neo-colonial land grabs carried out on behalf of World Bank-backed British company
UN and the World Bank now involved in land theft over carbon credit scheme - National Finance ExaminerOn September 22nd, a shocking study from Oxfam International provided the evidence and insight on how the World Bank, coupled with the United Nations, used the carbon credit scheme introduced by Al Gore , and other green advocates, to literally rob landowners in the country of Uganda of their property, and even bringing about the death of a child when they burned down homes and villages.
Source: alertnet // Elias Biryabarema
George Monbiot: The western appetite for biofuels is causing starvation in the poor world | Comment is freeIt doesn't get madder than this. Swaziland is in the grip of a famine and receiving emergency food aid.
US universities are reportedly using endowment funds to make deals that may force thousands from their land in Africa.
The "town" chief of the village seemed to be in a state of shock. Sitting on the front porch of his mud and thatch home in Pujehun District in southern Sierra Leone, he struggled to find words that could explain how he had signed away the land that sustained his family and his community. He said he was coerced by his Paramount Chief, told that whether he agreed, or not, his land would still be taken and his small oil palm stand destroyed.
Ah, but not in the way you think, as Prison Planet points out Armed troops acting on behalf of a British carbon trading company backed by the World Bank burned houses to the ground and killed children to evict Ugandans from their homes in the name of seizing land to protect against “global warming,” a shocking illustration of how the climate change con is a barbarian form of neo-colonialism. The evictions were ordered by New Forests Company, an outfit that seizes land in Africa to grow trees then sells the “carbon credits” on to transnational corporations.
The revelation is contained in a report, Land and Power, released on Thursday by British NGO Oxfam, which notes that speculators, pension funds and global agri-businesses from rich countries have been quietly acquiring large chunks of land in developing countries such as Uganda, South Sudan and Indonesia, leading to conflict, hunger and human rights abuses.
The British charity Oxfam has released a new report detailing the forced eviction of people from forests in Uganda to make way for a British timber company.