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19 Feb 2014

Watch This! NGO Voices on Carbon Markets #8 (Special Edition)

Over the past years, Carbon Market Watch together with numerous dedicated organizations in India has worked to improve the social and environmental integrity of carbon market projects in India, and exposed weaknesses where they occurred. As the number of projects has increased, challenges faced by local communities to defend their rights to land, food, and shelter have increasingly been reported across India.

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30 Sep 2013

Lessons from the CDM: NAMAs & Sustainability Benefits (Newsletter #4)

Both the CDM and NAMAs have the goal to deliver sustainable development benefits. But for a number of political and structural reasons the CDM has failed to consistently and convincingly deliver such benefits. As NAMA initiatives are kicking off all over the world, we look at what lessons need to be taken into account to create a success story on how sustainable development can be achieved by climate mitigation projects and policies in developing countries.

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27 Mar 2013

CDM Review (Watch This! #5)

  By Eva Filzmoser, Carbon Market Watch   After the first commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol has ended, countries have decided to review the modalities and procedures of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) this year. Changes to these underlying rules of the functioning of the CDM will be adopted at the next UNFCCC conference…

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4 Mar 2013

Resuscitating the Clean Development Mechanism (Newsletter #2)

During the 7th Conference of the Parties (COP-7) held in Marrakesh in 2001, Parties to the Kyoto Protocol decided to review the modalities and procedures of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) and  agree upon a revised set of rules at COP-19. Although the political decisions taken at COP-18 in Doha ignored the severe quality concerns…

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20 Dec 2012

NGO Voices on carbon markets at COP18 (Watch This! #4)

See Watch This! #4, December 2012 Agricultural carbon markets – selling out food security? By Teresa Anderson, International Advocacy Co-ordinator for the Gaia Foundation At COP18 in Doha, carbon markets continued their inexorable spread into every arena of climate work, including agriculture.  With heavily politicised debates over emissions reductions, loopholes and carbon markets in almost…

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16 Nov 2012

Farewell CDM Watch – Welcome Carbon Market Watch! (Newsletter #1)

See Newsletter #1, November 2012 After an eventful three years, it is time to say farewell to CDM Watch and welcome Carbon Market Watch! From November 2012 Carbon Market Watch will continue the activities of CDM Watch and expand further to other carbon market initiatives. In the future, Carbon Market Watch will also scrutinise new…

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16 Nov 2012

Who pays? Lessons from CDM forestry projects for REDD (Newsletter #1)

See Newsletter #1, November 2012 Forestry projects typically involve local communities and are challenging to implement. When farmers get involved with personal financial liabilities, the question of who bears the financial risk arises especially in cases where revenues from carbon credits do not materialise. A closer look at a CDM forestry project and the underlying…

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31 Oct 2012

Looks are deceptive: JK Paper Mill’s A&R CDM project is double profit for the company, huge loss for local people (Watch This! #3)

Visiting Dinabandhu Gand of Kauguda village in the Kalahandi district of Odisha shows that CDM projects in afforestation and reforestation can do the opposite to what they are designed to. In a place where climate change is already inducing ever more annual droughts, this business in the name of mitigating climate change is in fact causing a double effect on people. It raises serious concerns about the effectiveness of afforestation and reforestation projects under the CDM and the impacts they have on local communities.

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31 Oct 2012

Improving Rural Livelihoods Through Carbon Sequestration? (Watch this! #3)

Land grabbing in India takes many forms including expansion of plantation monoculture for carbon sequestration. Often, private companies are contracting farmers to grow eucalyptus trees, purportedly as raw materials for paper, promising higher income. Hoping it could be a ticket out of poverty, many farmers joined the ride with disastrous consequences. This article looks at the impacts that Afforestation and Reforestation (A/R) projects can have on local farmers.

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