Organized by the Coalition of Those Affected by Renewable Energy in the Seridó and Borborema Territories (RN and PB), the event aims to offer solutions about how to protect lives and nature

Lagoa Seca, located in the territory of Borborema Agroecológica, was the stage for an event that offered training on essential aspects of the installation and operation of both solar and wind large renewable energy power plants, at the Ipuarana Convent, between April 12 and 14.

With the support of ClimaInfo, Gambá, ActionAid and Fundo Casa, the initiative trained around 50 members of organizations that provide assistance and technical consultancy in family farming, including those that work with traditional peoples and communities. The participants were mainly from Paraíba and Rio Grande do Norte, but there were also representatives from Pernambuco, Maranhão, Ceará and Brasília.

In addition to the lectures and practical workshops, the event promoted debates about the preparation and implementation of socioenvironmental safeguards, which are included in the document Socioenvironmental Safeguards for Renewable Energy. The text, released this year, was prepared by 33 organizations from civil society and four federal universities from Bahia, Pernambuco, Paraíba and Ceará, with the support of iCS.

The report includes guidance for public managers, local populations and social organizations aiming to protect the Caatinga biome and the rights of the rural and traditional communities affected by the installation of the energy industries. Produced from August to December last year, the document has 27 pages divided into five areas: assignment contracts of land use, processes of grants for energy generation and transmission, public policies and environmental licensing, transmission lines, and infringements of the rights of children, adolescents, women and the LGBTQIAPN+ population in the affected territories. Each area addresses the contextualization, problems, infringed rights and recommended guidelines, ending with a set of orientations, known as safeguards.

Access the full document here.

About the Coalition

The initiative is formed by the Borborema Hub, which is a collective of rural unions from 13 municipalities of Borborema; by the AS-PTA, which is an NGO that advises the Borborema Hub; by CERSA, a committee made up of researchers and experts in energy transition; by Assessoria Cirandas, which is a collective that works in the anti-racist fight; and by Seridó Vivo, an organization composed of groups and people who combined in order to supervise the installation processes of the wind complexes in the Seridó Potiguar.

The Seridó and Borborema regions are rich in biodiversity and have a complex sociocultural diversity. However, these areas have faced environmental and social damages due to the pressure to implement and operate wind and photovoltaic energy projects.

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