Archive | November, 2013

Power to the people!

Community power is the future! That’s at least our conclusion after an intensive year of working on energy issues and engaging with EU citizens. In a final expert debate that idea was confirmed but on the path towards it there are still many obstacles to overcome. The past year Counter Balance has created 9 different […]

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Over 100 organisations call for an end to biodiversity offsetting plans

Edinburgh, November 21 – Today, at the opening of the World Forum on Natural Capital[1] in Edinburgh, 140 organisations from all over the world are releasing a statement to say ‘No to biodiversity offsetting’. The statement was launched in a counter forum on Natural Commons[2] taking place in Edinburgh at the same time. Biodiversity offsetting […]

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Campaigners warn of dangers of ‘privatised nature’

  By Ilona Amos, originally appeared in The Scotsman INTERNATIONAL campaigners have accused governments and business leaders attending an international conference in Edinburgh of attempting to “privatise nature”. As the two-day inaugural World Forum on Natural Capital gets under way in Edinburgh, economic justice groups have condemned its aim to put a price tag on […]

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The EIB adopts its new anti-fraud policy but ignores civil society concerns

The EIB announced last week that its Board of Directors has approved a revised EIB anti-fraud policy. We have doubts about the added-value brought by this revision. It does not take into account current political commitments against tax evasion and money laundering and insufficiently reflects civil society concerns. On 8th November the EIB has published […]

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International conference attempting to ‘privatise nature’ under attack

Campaigners have slammed a conference taking place in Edinburgh, Scotland this week for attempting to privatise nature by giving it a financial value. The first ever World Forum on Natural Capital is to be held in Scotland’s capital on Thursday and Friday (21-22 November). Corporations attending the finance-led conference, including RBS, Coca Cola, Rio Tinto […]

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Forum on Natural Commons – Nature is not for sale

Edinburgh – Next week Counter Balance, Re:Common World Development Movement and Carbon Trade Watch are organising the Forum on Natural Commons to stand up to global finance and share ideas to protect our natural world for the benefit of all. Why? Because the United Nations, governments and global financial institutions will be meeting at the […]

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Event: Power to the people – Discussing the potential of community-driven energy projects

Counter Balance and Friends of the Earth Europe are organising “Power to the people”, an afternoon of inspiring examples and intense debate on the potential of community-driven energy projects. Community power projects are on the rise in Europe and that’s no coincidence. It offers a solution to the energy and climate crises we are currently […]

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Ensuring a development focus in the European Investment Bank (EIB) and EU blending mechanisms

New methods of funding EU development policies were debated last Thursday at a joint Counter Balance, Eurodad and Alop event at the European Parliament. Officials from the EU institutions, CSOs and specialists in the field of finance came together to discuss emerging tools for development finance and assess whether they are fit for purpose to […]

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Wildlife conference under attack for ‘selling off nature to multinationals’

By Rob Edwards, originally appeared in The Guardian An international conference in Edinburgh aimed at conserving wildlife is coming under attack from campaign groups for trying to “sell off nature” to multinational corporations. The first World Forum on Natural Capital on 21-22 November is due to attract business and conservation leaders to debate how to […]

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Carbon Credit! (The first superhero who smokes)

Carbon markets – the never ending fairytale Once upon a time, not so long ago, world leaders gathered to make an agreement to fight climate change. They met in Japan and agreed to the famous Kyoto Protocol. A principal feature of the Protocol turned out to be carbon trading: a magical solution to curb CO2 […]

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