WATCH THIS! NGO Voices on Climate Finance & Carbon Markets #12 September 2015

Editorial Dear Network members, dear readers, dear friends, It is our pleasure to bring you this new edition of the Watch This newsletter! As always, our aim is to inform you on the latest developments in climate finance and carbon markets. In this issue, our contributors (a big thanks to them!) discuss the latest on …

WATCH THIS! NGO Newsletter #12: Ever more uncertainty over Barro Blanco

On the first of September tensions in Panama heightened when heavy machinery moved very close to the Ngöbe-Bugle Comarca to complete the highly contested Barro Blanco hydro dam, which is registered under the UN’s Clean Development Mechanism. This was preceded by the forceful eviction of indigenous people camping next to the construction area by the …

WATCH THIS! NGO Newsletter #12: Civil society participation is key to make a NAMA successful, shows webinar

Carbon Market Watch launched a capacity building program on NAMAs. In this framework, a very first webinar took place in July 2015. Speakers revealed that civil society is not only a significant player in NAMA development and implementation, but also that by getting involved in the process, civil society can enjoy a big piece of …

WATCH THIS! NGO Newsletter #12: How the new Sustainable Development Agenda addresses Climate Change

The newly agreed Sustainable Development Goals offer a unique opportunity for more and better-coordinated climate action vis-à-vis poverty reduction that goes beyond the UNFCCC. This Agenda for the first time acknowledges climate change as sustainable development challenge and the need for countries to deal with both hand in hand. On August 2, 193 countries finally …

WATCH THIS! NGO Newsletter #12: Next round in the review of the Modalities and Procedures of the CDM – much potential but little development

The review of the Modalities and Procedures of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) went into the next round at the intersessions in Bonn in June 2015. With Paris just around the corner and market mechanisms further expected to play a role in the implementation of the commitments post 2020, the review provides a major opportunity …

WATCH THIS! NGO Newsletter #12: UNFCCC agrees minimum guidance on REDD+ safeguards

Last June, during the UNFCCC meeting in Bonn, Germany, many NGOs were surprised when Parties reached agreement on the framework for REDD+, including on safeguards. Expectations were low following the collapse of talks in December 2014 at COP20 in Lima, with influential developing countries refusing to agree any further decisions beyond the “Warsaw Framework” agreed …