Last update:
2019-11-07

Wind Farm CDM project in Kalpavalli Community Forest, Anantpur, AP, India

The Nallakonda Windpower project has negative impacts on the Kalpavalli area which was restored by a local reforestation initiative by the Timbaktu Collective


Description:

A local eco-restoration initiative developed to transform wastelands into a dense community forest in the Kalpavalli region is being harmed by the Nallajonda Wind Farm Project, an investment of Tadas Wind Energy Limited. The restoration initiative started in 1990 with the Timbaktu Collective and local villagers of Anantpur district in Andhra Pradesh, consisting in the reforestation and enhancing of traditional livelihoods of the Kalpavalli area. Such scheme became a model for successful joint forest management, watershed development and the creation of sustainable forest based livelihoods.  The Nallajonda Wind Farm comprises 63 wind turbines with a total installed capacity of 50.4 MW. The project was initiated in 2007 when the company bought around 49 acres of reforested “wasteland” and started building roads for the installation of windmills. Although the Indian Government does not require submission of an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for wind power projects, neighboring communities have identified environmental impacts such as deforestation, heavy land degradation and biodiversity loss. Local water bodies are being negatively affected as well. According to Carbon Market Watch, these significant negative environmental and social impacts have been completely omitted in the project documents although the area has been recognized as biodiversity rich Community Conserved Area (CCA) in the CCA directory of India by Neema Pathak Broome. Organizations such as the Society for Promotion of Wastelands Development have also claimed that wind power infrastructure activities destroyed the former restoration efforts on the area.

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Basic Data
Name of conflict:Wind Farm CDM project in Kalpavalli Community Forest, Anantpur, AP, India
Country:India
State or province:Andhra Pradesh
Location of conflict:Anantpur district
Accuracy of locationMEDIUM (Regional level)
Source of Conflict
Type of conflict. 1st level:Fossil Fuels and Climate Justice/Energy
Type of conflict. 2nd level:Land acquisition conflicts
Deforestation
Transport infrastructure networks (roads, railways, hydroways, canals and pipelines)
REDD/CDM
Windmills
Specific commodities:Land
Electricity
Carbon offsets
Project Details and Actors
Project details

The CDM project Nallakonda wind farm comprises:

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Project area:19.8
Level of Investment:Unknown
Type of populationRural
Affected Population:11,000
Start of the conflict:27/03/2013
Company names or state enterprises:Tadas Wind Energy Limited (TWEL) from India - Developer
Relevant government actors:Indian Ministry of Environment & Forests (DNA)
Andhra Pradesh State Government
National Green Tribunal of India
International and Finance InstitutionsUnited Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change/CDM (UNFCC)
Environmental justice organizations (and other supporters) and their websites, if available:Society for Promotion of Wasteland Development
(http://www.spwd.org/)
The Timbaktu Collective
(http://www.timbaktu.org/)
Conflict and Mobilization
IntensityLOW (some local organising)
Reaction stageIn REACTION to the implementation (during construction or operation)
Groups mobilizing:Farmers
Indigenous groups or traditional communities
Local ejos
Neighbours/citizens/communities
Pastoralists
Forms of mobilization:Involvement of national and international NGOs
Lawsuits, court cases, judicial activism
Objections to the EIA
Public campaigns
Impacts of the project
Environmental ImpactsVisible: Biodiversity loss (wildlife, agro-diversity), Soil erosion, Deforestation and loss of vegetation cover, Groundwater pollution or depletion
Potential: Reduced ecological / hydrological connectivity
Socio-economical ImpactsVisible: Loss of livelihood, Loss of traditional knowledge/practices/cultures
Outcome
Project StatusIn operation
Conflict outcome / response:Court decision (undecided)
Development of alternatives:To keep on with the reforestation and organic argiculture activities helded by the Timbaktu Collective and local villagers.
Do you consider this an environmental justice success? Was environmental justice served?:Not Sure
Briefly explain:It seems that the project still operates. There are no recent news about the CDM project linked to the wind farm. There are neither news about the National Green Tribunal resolution on this case.
Sources and Materials
Links to general newspaper articles, blogs or other websites

Environmental Ecologic

A CDM PROJECT DEFEATING ITS OWN PURPOSE – CASE STUDY

Published: 10/23/2012 Consulted: 01/26/2016

10/23/2012 Consulted: 01/26/2016
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The Hindu

Making a pig’s ear of it

Published on September 26, 2014 Consulted 01/26/2016

JANAKI LENIN
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Carbon Market Watch

Nallakonda Wind Farm Project in India

Consulted: 01/26/2016
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Carbon Market Watch

Kalpavalli Community Conserved Forest harmed by CDM project

Consulted: 01/26/2016
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Times of India

When clean projects take a toll on environment

Jayashree Nandi | Jun 6, 2012 Consulted: 01/26/2016
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CDM documentation
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Related media links to videos, campaigns, social network

(1) M. Suchitra, Green energy takes toll on green cover

A forest generated by residents in Andhra Pradesh's Anantapur district is being destroyed to set up windmills. Down to Earth, 4 July 2015
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Other documents

Nallakonda wind power project Source: Carbon Market Watch
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The Kalpavalli Community Forest Source: Carbon Market Watch
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Other comments:On the civil society organizations involved:
Society for Promotion of Wasteland Development
(http://www.spwd.org/)
The origins of SPWD in 1982 can be traced to the need to do something about land degradation which was assuming alarming proportions by the late 70s early 80s. The understanding was that degraded lands could be reclaimed and put to more productive use. With a livelihood focus to natural resource management, SPWD focused on identification of needs of the local communities on one hand, documentation of technologies in the field and development of appropriate institutional mechanisms to deal with the concrete issues emerging on the ground.
The Timbaktu Collective
(http://www.timbaktu.org/)
Not-for-Profit Organisation initiated in 1990, working for sustainable development in the drought prone Anantapur district of Andhra Pradesh (A.P.) INDIA.
The Collective works with some of most affected by chronic drought, unproductive land , unemployment and poor infrastructural facilities in the region, among them the landless, small and marginal farmers with special emphasis on women, children, youth and dalits.
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Last update07/11/2019
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