In July 2017, a group of over 150 people who had been scammed into buying “carbon benefit units” got in touch with REDD-Monitor. Several London-based boiler room operations, including Industry RE, had sold them the “carbon benefit units”, supposedly as investments. Unfortunately they were worthless.
The “carbon benefit units” came from the April Salumei REDD project in Papua New Guinea.
In October 2017, REDD-Monitor sent 14 questions to Stephen Hooper, the director of Pacific Forest Alliance, the company running the April Salumei REDD project in Papua New Guinea. As Hooper has not yet replied, I re-sent the questions today.
After posting the questions for Hooper, REDD-Monitor received an email (from someone who requested to remain anonymous) with two more questions for Hooper:
1. How much money has been paid to the umbrella Land Owner Company of the April Salumei project?
2. What kind of benefits have the communities living in the April Salumei REDD project area received? What is the total value of these benefits?
I sent these questions to Hooper today.
Earlier today, I checked the Pacific Forest Alliance website and got the following error message:
UPDATE – 12 December 2017: The Pacific Forest Alliance is back up.
So, I sent Hooper two more questions:
3. I note that the website www.pacificforestalliance.org is down. The website displays an error message: “500 Internal Server Error”. What happened, and are you planning to get the website back up at some point?
4. Does the April Salumei REDD project still exist?
I look forward to posting Hooper’s response in full and unedited when it arrives.
UPDATE – 22 December 2017: I wrote to the four key contacts listed on UN-REDD’s website for Papua New Guinea: Ben Vickers; Celina Yong; Joel Scriven; and Stefano Giaccio. I had two questions:
- Could you please confirm the current status of the April Salumei REDD project?
- Does the project still exist?
I asked for an on-the-record response. On 21 December 2017, I received the following response, from the UN-REDD programme’s Global Communications and Knowledge Management Coordinator, Florian Eisele:
From: Florian Eisele
Date: 21 December 2017
Subject: RE: April Salumei REDD project in PNG
Thank you for your message which my colleagues forwarded to me and apologies for taking so long to respond.
However, the April Salumei REDD Project is not part of the UN-REDD Programme.
All my best,
Global Communications and Knowledge Management Coordinator