Melihat REDD: WWF Merupakan “Ancaman Langsung” terhadap Mata Pencaharian di Tanzania

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WASHINGTON, 16 Mei 2012 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ —

Tuduhan Penggusuran, Perusakan Tanaman, dan Pembakaran Rumah Ditujukan
Kepada WWF

Reputasi World Wildlife Fund (WWF), salah satu organisasi lingkungan
terbesar di dunia, kembali memburuk setelah muncul laporan yang menghubungkan
kelompok itu dengan inisiatif kebijakan di Tanzania yang menyebabkan pejabat
pemerintah membakar rumah dan pohon kelapa sawit yang digunakan untuk
meningkatkan mata pencaharian lokal. Skandal terbaru adalah peringatan terhadap
Indonesia dan negara lain di mana WWF beroperasi – praktek sembrono WWF
bertentangan dengan upaya meningkatkan standar hidup dan mengentaskan
kemiskinan. Dengan akan dilakukannya lebih banyak pengawasan, pemerintah negara
Barat harus menghentikan dukungan WWF.

“WWF, organisasi yang berpura-pura membanggakan dirinya atas nilai-nilai
etika, kembali kewalahan oleh tuduhan bahwa karena ia mendukung rencana
kehutanan Pengurangan Emisi dari Penggundulan dan Degradasi Hutan – Reducing
Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD), ia bertanggung
jawab atas penggusuran ilegal dan pembakaran rumah oleh para pejabat Tanzania
baru-baru ini. Namun para pejabat WWF juga menghancurkan pohon kelapa sawit
yang berharga, yang digunakan oleh Tanzania untuk mencari nafkah. WWF banyak
mempermasalahkan pembangunan ekonomi berkelanjutan. Tapi apa yang berkelanjutan
tentang membuat orang kehilangan tempat tinggal dan memusnahkan mata
pencaharian mereka?” kata Andrew Langer, juru bicara Consumers Alliance for
Global Prosperity.

“Tindakan WWF bermakna bagi negara berkembang lain di mana kelompok ini
beroperasi. WWF bukan merupakan pelayan lingkungan atau pelindung rakyat miskin
di dunia. Setelah bencana pada tahun ini ketika WWF gagal mencegah korupsi dan
penggelapan dana pemerintah Norwegia di Tanzania, cukup menakjubkan bahwa
organisasi tersebut akan terlibat dalam pembakaran rumah, penebangan pohon dan
penggusuran ilegal. Mengusir orang dan membakar rumahnya tidaklah
berkelanjutan. Itu tidak ramah lingkungan. Ini tidak baik secara etika maupun
moral. Ini tak lebih dari premanisme Marxis yang terburuk. Satu laporan bahkan
menyebutkan bahwa WWF ‘merupakan ancaman langsung’ terhadap mata pencaharian
masyarakat di Tanzania karena adanya skema REDD.”

“Rakyat di Indonesia dan negara lain harus mengambil pelajaran dari
perkembangan ini. WWF telah terperosok dalam skandal tentang tuduhan penipuan
dan penggelapan di Tanzania, sehingga menimbulkan pertanyaan serius tentang
integritas pengawasan dan profesional. Untuk menjamin bahwa wajib pajak
menerima nilai uang dan rakyat di negara berkembang tengah diperlakukan dengan
martabat, para pejabat negara Barat harus menghentikan pendanaan WWF. Apa yang
terjadi di Tanzania adalah tragedi. Itu tidak boleh terulang di tempat lain.”

Berita mengenai skandal keterlibatan WWF di Tanzania terus menyebar.
Wartawan Inggris Christopher Booker menerbitkan berita komprehensif di Daily
Telegraph (
http://click.icptrack.com/icp/relay.php?r=19344975&msgid=315039&act=35HT&c=755837&destination=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.telegraph.co.uk%2Feart%2Fenvironment%2Fclimatechange%2F9246853%2FHow-climate-change-has-got-Worldwide-Fund-for-Nature-bamboozled.html

) mengenai kerusakan akibat peristiwa ini terhadap reputasi LSM tersebut, serta
kegagalan WWF menghasilkan laporan yang membersihkan namanya.

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Seeing REDD: WWF Poses “Direct Threat” to Livelihoods in Tanzania

WASHINGTON, May 16, 2012 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ —

Accusations of Evictions, Destruction of Crops, and Burning Homes Leveled Against WWF

The World Wildlife Fund (WWF), one of the globe’s largest environmental organizations, is again surveying the damage to its reputation after reports emerged linking the group with a policy initiative in Tanzania that resulted in government officials burning down homes and palm trees used to enhance local livelihoods. The latest scandal is a warning to Indonesia and other countries where WWF operates – WWF’s reckless practices are antithetical to raising living standards and alleviating poverty. With more scrutiny to follow, Western governments must cease support of WWF.

“WWF, an organization that pretends to pride itself on ethical values, is again being overwhelmed by accusations that because of its support for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) forestry schemes, it bears responsibility for recent illegal evictions and homes being burned to the ground by Tanzanian officials. But WWF officials also destroyed valuable palm trees, used by Tanzanians to make a living. WWF makes a lot of noise about sustainable economic development. But what’s sustainable about making people homeless and wiping out their livelihoods?” said Andrew Langer, spokesman for the Consumers Alliance for Global Prosperity.

“WWF’s actions have meaning for other developing countries where the group operates. WWF is hardly a steward of the environment or protector of the world’s poor. After this year’s debacle when WWF failed to prevent widespread corruption and embezzlement of Norwegian government funds in Tanzania, it’s simply stunning that the organization would be complicit in the burning down of homes, cutting down trees and illegal evictions. Burning people out of their homes isn’t sustainable. It’s not eco-friendly. It’s neither ethical nor moral. It is nothing more than Marxist thuggery at its very worst. One report even went as far to note that WWF ‘poses a direct threat’ to the livelihoods of people in Tanzania because of the REDD scheme.”

“People in Indonesia and other countries must take a lesson from this development. WWF is already mired in a scandal concerning fraud and embezzlement charges in Tanzania, raising serious questions about oversight and professional integrity. To guarantee that taxpayers are receiving value for money and people in the developing world are being treated with dignity, Western officials must cease funding of WWF. What’s happened in Tanzania is a tragedy. It must not be repeated anywhere else.”

News continues to spread regarding WWF’s scandalous involvement in Tanzania. British journalist Christopher Booker published a comprehensive story in the Daily Telegraph ( http://click.icptrack.com/icp/relay.php?r=19344975&msgid=315039&act=35HT&c=755837&destination=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.telegraph.co.uk%2Feart%2Fenvironment%2Fclimatechange%2F9246853%2FHow-climate-change-has-got-Worldwide-Fund-for-Nature-bamboozled.html ) on the damage these events have done to the NGO’s reputation, as well as WWF’s failure to produce a report clearing their name.

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