AFRICAN BIOFUELS CAMPAIGN

Challenging a false ‘solution’ to climate change

The Participatory Ecological Land Use Management (PELUM) Association is a membership organisation in East and Southern Africa.  It was started in 1995 and has grown from a 25 member organisations to 210 in 10 countries. PELUM-Kenya has 40 members. Its vision is to see rural communities in Kenya self-organised to make choices towards improved quality of life that is socially and economically sustainable. Its mission is to empower local communities to participate in ecological land use management and sustainable development.

The Project plans to tackle the problem of rapid and large-scale agrofuel developments which are currently mushrooming across Africa, driven by the current thirst for agrofuels as a solution to climate change.  The project is urgently needed to enable African and international policy makers to see the counter-productive socio-economic and environmental impacts of agrofuel developments and to show that they are a false solution to climate change. The project will promote the African Biodiversity Network (ABN) call for a moratorium on agrofuels in Africa.  ABN partners in Kenya, Ethiopia, Tanzania and Uganda will undertake research, monitoring, publications, campaigning and advocacy to challenge the harmful effects of large-scale agrofuel developments on food production, farming communities, indigenous peoples and forests.  The ABN will also send 3 representatives to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity, to ensure informed African participation.

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