A new ActionAid report, Fuelling Evictions: Community Cost of EU Biofuels Boom suggests that plans for a biofuels plantation in the Dakatcha Woodlands, Kenya, will violate the human rights of an indigenous community of over 20,000 people.
The potential destruction of large areas of endangered woodland and eviction of the indigenous communities living in the woodland represent the failure of the Kenyan local and national authorities to respect the country’s constitution and international human rights obligations.
The case also shows the alarming impacts of irresponsible European energy policies that promote the use and production of biofuels without any consideration for the impact on people outside of Europe.
ActionAid is calling for the EU and its member states to:
- scrap biofuels targets
- scrap financial incentives for industrial biofuels
- upgrade its sustainability criteria for all renewable energy sources to include impacts on people, land and food, and apply strict monitoring and enforcement
- monitor, in co-operation with partner countries, the activities of European companies to ensure that human rights abuses such as those in Dakatcha do not happen again
photo : ©Chris Coxon/ActionAid