Climate, Copenhagen and Europe’s controversial investment climate


Climate, Copenhagen and Europe’s controversial investment climate

The climate summit in Copenhagen will kick off in a few weeks. Its aim is to create a global climate agreement that will counteract further global warming. The EU Member States, including the Netherlands, is said to have great ambitions. Hopefully, this will not just be lip service, because there appears to be little funding available to developing countries to offset climate change. It also appears that various environmentally unfriendly projects can still count on financial support from institutions like the European Investment Bank: not really a coherent and ambitious climate story, is it?

Both ENDS and the lokaalmondiaal Foundation went to investigate and film the harmful effects of EIB's investments at the Bujagali dam in Uganda. What is the impact of a large dam in the Nile of Uganda for the local population? What are the effects on the environment? Read more about the outcome of the investigation on the blog, with contributions by filmmakers, local NGOs and climate experts. Your comments are welcome!

  • 13 December 2013:

    Both ENDS in Copenhagen, what´s up? I am in Copenhagen, together with another 15.000 (in the conference centre alone) other representatives from government, civil society and the private sector, in the city that is hosting the historic United Nations Climate Change Conference of 2009: Copenhagen. In these two weeks the negotiators, ministers and world leaders are assembled here to come to a global agreement to tackle the urgent, global threat of climate change. At least, that is what we hope.

  • 30 October 2009:

    Waiting for the Bujagali dam

    Many of Uganda's corn millers work in the factories that line the railway track in Jinja, the city near the site where a hydro energy dam is being constructed. Bags of corn flour are displayed in front of the small wooden factories. The machines inside are covered in a thick layer of dust and flour. In one of the factories, some 30 bags of white corn flour are stacked in a corner near the entrance. "The flour is sifted so many times that there is no residue left in it," says the owner of the factory, James Ogwan. "It loses a lot of its nutritional value, but this is how people like it."

  • 29 October 2009:

    Shutter the lives of the affected communities

    Characteristic with nearly all dams, upon completion and backfilling of reservoirs, or even before, a number of painful social and environmental problems manifest. This situation is true with Bujagali dam under construction in Uganda, where a number of the affected communities have lost their livelihoods to the dam.

  • 23 October 2009:

    Economics vs. man and the environment in the Pearl of Africa

    It was still dark when I packed my bag for a Lokaalmondiaal trip abroad. Autumn had started and the sun was rising far too late again. I quickly turned on the light to start packing, because I only had an hour. The cold morning stirred up that winter feeling. I wished I could stay in bed a little longer, but to compensate for my suffering I set the radiator to twenty degrees. Climate change or not, in the Netherlands you need power to survive.


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