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UNFCCC Side Event: Protecting human rights in international carbon markets

Watch the recording of the event here

Time and venue:

May 1st, 16.45 – 18.15, Bonn Climate Change Conference / World Conference Center, Kaminzimmer

This side event focused on measures to uphold the rights of local stakeholders affected by climate mitigation projects in the context of the negotiations on the Sustainable Development Mechanism (SDM), with considerations for the Carbon Offset and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA). At the occasion of the event, we launched a new publication: Practitioners’ guide for local stakeholder consultation – how to ensure adequate public participation in climate mitigation actions.



  • Ben Schachter, Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights

Over the past 20 years, global efforts to mitigate the effects of climate change have increasingly relied upon the implementation of local mitigation projects. While aiming to reduce emissions in the most cost-effective way, some of these projects have had adverse impacts on local people, resulting in the displacement of populations or the privatisation of natural resources. A significant contributor to these negative impacts is the lack of positive interaction and collaboration between local people and project developers.

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