New Appeals Procedure against DOEs – Open to Civil Society (Newsletter #12)

The CDM offers a couple of opportunities for public participation in the CDM. The most important one is the possibility to submit comments during the 30-day public commenting period which starts as soon as a new CDM project is submitted to the UNFCCC as part of the validation process. However, in the past there was …

Barro Blanco Hydropower Project in Panama violates CDM Rules (Newsletter #12)

Guest article by Osvaldo Jordan, Alianza para la Conservacion y el Desarrollo (ACD) Oscar Sogandares, Asociacion Ambientalista de Chiriqui (ASAMCHI) Miguel Arjona, April 10 Movement for the Defense of the Tabasará River (M-10) The Barro Blanco project (3237) is a 28.84 MW hydroelectric power plant in the district of Tolé, within the province of Chiriquí, …

Aguan Biogas Project linked to serious Human Rights Violations in Honduras (Newsletter #12)

One of the CDM projects currently seeking registration is the “Aguan biogas recovery from Palm Oil Mill Effluent ponds and biogas utilisation” (Project 3197).  The company behind the project, Grupo Dinant subsidiary Exportadora del Atlantico, is implicated in assassinations and other serious human rights abuses in Honduras and there are grave concerns that additional funding …

Priorities for the Board in 2011-2012 (Newsletter #12)

One of the most important agenda items at this week´s Board meeting is the CDM business and management plan that should lay out priorities for the years 2011-2012. The impact of the priorities that will be agreed here will be enormous because they will define the work of the Board over the next 2 years. …

GEO discloses ugly truth of CDM hydro project (Newsletter #11)

A new report in the German magazine GEO points once more at the problems of CDM hydro dam projects. Hydro Dam Power Projects have long been criticized because of their impacts on local inhabitants who might be forced or coerced to relocate and because of their environmental impacts: flooding of valuable agricultural lands, destruction of …

CDM Appeals Procedure (Newsletter #10)

Further to decision 2/CMP.5, the Board will discuss a first draft of procedures for appeals to challenge decisions by the CDM Executive Board at this week’s meeting. The inclusion of an appeals procedure in the CDM project approval process presents a crucial opportunity for the Board to promote enhanced accountability, legitimacy and public trust in …

How Large Hydro Undermines the Principles of the CDM – The Dardanelos and Bujagali Projects (Newsletter #10)

As of this week there are 1529 Hydro projects seeking CERs through the CDM. But large hydro power projects seriously un-dermine the objectives of the CDM because hardly any of them are additional. Concerns about the additionality of 17 of these projects based in China have been highlighted by Board members prior to this week’s …

A Geopolitics’ Approach to the Climate Change Regime: how making sense of sustainable development unwraps the Clean Development Mechanism

The paper argues that to understand the issues and problems we witness today within the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), it is essential to not only look at the container for these problems – the UNFCCC, but also the broader regime of practice, the Climate Change Regime. The paper offers an in-depth and detailed analysis of …

Key safeguards in the CDM appeals procedure (Newsletter #9)

In Decision 2/CMP.5, the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol requested the Board to design procedures for appeals to challenge decisions by the CDM Executive Board and DOE performance[1]. The inclusion of an appeals procedure in the CDM project approval process presents a crucial opportunity for the Board to promote enhanced accountability, legitimacy and public trust …

Key safeguards in the future CDM appeals procedure (Newsletter #8)

In Decision 2/CMP.5, the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol requested the Board to design – following consultation with stakeholder – procedures for appeals to challenge decisions by the CDM Executive Board and DOE performance[1]. Therefore, the Board lodged a call for inputs from stakeholders and will discuss the input received for the first time during …