The Annual General Assembly of Oilwatch Africa was held in Entebbe, Uganda, 4-6th September 2016. The General Assembly was preceded by a conference with the theme: impacts of fossil fuels over land and Food Sovereignty in Africa. The gathering also marked the 20th Anniversary of Oilwatch Africa and Oilwatch International. We bring you the Resolutions of the Conference.
This edition has reports from Oilwatch Ghana: Stop the Coal Dream. There is also a report that the Ghanain parliament has passed a new law to regulate the petroleum sector. From Oilwatch South Africa we share a Friends of the Earth International’s report, Fueling the Fire: New coal Technologies Spell Disaster for Climate. We also have an article by Bwengye Yusuf of Oilwatch Africa Secretariat – Uganda titled Oil Fuelling War and Environmental Destruction in Southern Sudan and the World at Large. click and read!
The CDM is the existing prototype for carbon trading, which is harped on by pro-market proponents as offering the best option for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and providing sustainable development gains for developing countries. This positive projection is not backed by the realities. This report presents examples from Nigeria to show that projects registered for CDM fall short of the sustainability criteria.
Two months after the ceremonial kick-off of the Ogoni clean-up, President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the composition of a governing council and board of trustees to oversee the take-off of the actual clean up. The setting up of the governing council and board of trustees is a key element of the governance structure required for the clean-up of Ogoniland, a statement by the Ministry of Environment stated.
Ghana plans to build her first coal fired electricity plant in the next three years , to be sited at Ekumfi Aboano, a fishing community in the Western Region, 85 kilometres from Accra. The government has secured a $1.5billion dollar development loan agreement with China through Shenzhen Energy, a corporation largely owned by the Chinese government to develop the project. The coal plant is designed to trigger several other infrastructure projects, including a new port facility. The coal, the raw materials, will be imported from Colombia and South Africa. Oilwatch Ghana and other civil society groups in the country are strongly opposed to this dirty energy plant.