Europe Wakes up to the Reality of Carbon Credits from Waste (Watch This! #2)

By Mariel Vilella, Climate Policy Campaigner, Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA) Members of the European Parliament from a wide political spectrum, civil society organizations from 23 countries and international networks have signed a letter to the European Commission and the CDM Executive Board to demand an immediate halt to all investments and support to …

CDM Waste management projects in Mexico: Greenwash for business as usual, social and environmental costs to communities (Watch This! #2)

By Jorge Tadeo Vargas, Rising Tide Mexico, member of the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA) In the past two years, waste management within the CDM in Mexico has been gaining greater importance than any other carbon market project type. However, this has not benefited the most vulnerable communities. On the contrary, projects have undermined …

Reality Check Mexico: Who participates in the CDM? (Watch This! #2)

By Eduardo Bohórquez and Bruno Brandão, Transparencia Mexicana (Transparency International national chapter) Transparencia Mexicana analysed how all Project Design Documents for CDM projects in Mexico report about local stakeholder consultations. The results revealed that a lack of regulation and guidelines affects the quality of consultation processes, the reporting of results and the possibilities for stakeholders …

Local stakeholder consultation – Just a formality! (Watch This! #2)

By Falguni Joshi, Gujarat Forum on CDM India accounts for almost a quarter of all CDM projects, counting 857 registered projects to date. Numbers tell a progressive story, but the people affected by these projects – the local stakeholders – are neglected in the process. The local population is the most important stakeholder party as …

NGO Roundtable on the CDM in Chile (Watch This! #2)

by Gabriela Toledo Roman, Colectivo Viento Sur On July 18 CDM Watch and Collectivo Viento Sur organized a civil society roundtable at the Heinrich Böll Foundation in Santiago to discuss about the CDMs performance in Chile and new market mechanisms. During the roundtable, Eduardo Giesen and Diego Martinez-Schütt presented case studies and exposed problematic aspects …

Sustainable Development in Rio+20: So close and yet so far away (Watch This! #2)

At the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio, the cornerstones of the Kyoto Protocol were laid down which then created the so-called Clean Development Mechanism with the aim of achieving carbon emission reductions and, at the same time, deliver sustainable development. Twenty years have passed and sustainable development remains one of the major topics discussed in …

Happy 1st Birthday CDM Watch Network! (Watch This! #2)

This time last year the CDM Watch Network was just launched.  Since then word has spread and the network has grown from a few activists and academics working with us on the CDM and carbon markets to nearly 500 member organisations and networks that work on various issues across 5 continents! Happy Birthday everybody! In …

The CDM policy dialogue – Lobby showdown or honest review? (Watch this! #2)

Countdown’s almost up: The high-level panel on the CDM Policy Dialogue has finalised its report at their last meeting from 24-26 July in Johannesburg. The report summing up reform recommendations will be released in September 2012. We have closely followed the process and are worried that the results of the final report will be heavily …