Green Resources AS Niassa Project


One of the more recent CDM entrants in the A/R sphere is the Green Resources AS (Norway) forestry plantation and sequestration project, located in Lurio and Sanga districts in Niassa Province of Mozambique. It has also achieved FSC certification in October 2011. The 2009 agreement with the Mozambican government gives permission to develop a 126,000 hectares forest plantation over a 15 years project period; it will be the largest forestation project approved in Africa. There are a great number of grievances between Green Resources and local inhabitants. Many villagers denounce they had no say in the land acquisition process; furthermore, they feel frustrated because of the temporary jobs provided and the unfulfilled developmental promises on the part of GR. Theres an allarming lack of a community development plan with specific goals and deadlines , but also contracts with the community.

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Basic Data
NameGreen Resources AS Niassa Project
Accuracy of LocationLOW country/state level
Source of Conflict
Type of Conflict (1st level)Biodiversity conservation conflicts
Type of Conflict (2nd level)REDD/CDM
Specific Commodities
Carbon offsets
Project Details and Actors
Project DetailsThe project aims at 126,000 hectares forest plantation over a 15 years project period
Project Area (in hectares)126000
Type of PopulationRural
Company Names or State EnterprisesGreen Resources AS from Norway
The Conflict and the Mobilization
Intensity of Conflict (at highest level)LOW (some local organising)
When did the mobilization beginUNKNOWN
Groups MobilizingIndigenous groups or traditional communities
Environmental ImpactsVisible: Biodiversity loss (wildlife, agro-diversity), Desertification/Drought, Loss of landscape/aesthetic degradation, Soil contamination, Soil erosion, Surface water pollution / Decreasing water (physico-chemical, biological) quality, Groundwater pollution or depletion, Large-scale disturbance of hydro and geological systems, Reduced ecological / hydrological connectivity
Potential: Fires, Floods (river, coastal, mudflow), Food insecurity (crop damage), Global warming, Deforestation and loss of vegetation cover
Health ImpactsPotential: Malnutrition
Socio-economic ImpactsPotential: Loss of livelihood, Loss of traditional knowledge/practices/cultures, Specific impacts on women, Violations of human rights, Land dispossession, Loss of landscape/sense of place
Project StatusIn operation
Do you consider this as a success?Not Sure
Why? Explain briefly.Lack of data
Sources and Materials

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Resources - M Ngibuini.pdf
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Green Resources
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CDM Africa
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ContributorPatrick Bond
Last update07/04/2014