News & Press

21 Dec 2012

Forests and Agriculture in Carbon Market Landscapes (COP18 analysis)

Doha did not reach a deal on how to address forests and agriculture within the UNFCCC process. Carbon markets are expected to be a hot topic in the upcoming negotiations under the UNFCCC’s Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technical Advice (SBSTA) in 2013. Many observers and some countries, like Bolivia, are strongly opposed to including…

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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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News
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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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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31 Oct 2012

Reform Panel ignores inherent flaws of the CDM (Watch this! #3)

In September, the High-Level Panel on the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Policy Dialogue presented its final report with recommendations on how to improve the CDM. Overall, the report fails to address fundamental flaws of the CDM, is strongly based on political opinions and ignores important research. It does however include important recommendations about improving accountability, establishing a grievance mechanism and stresses the importance for the CDM to go beyond offsetting. Nevertheless, decision-makers need to be careful with some of the recommendations of the Panel that simply aim at saving the CDM for its own sake because of the impending collapse of carbon markets.

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News
8 May 2012

Preview of the Climate Negotiations in Bonn (Newsletter #19)

The next climate negotiations will take place between 14-25 May in Bonn, Germany. CDM Watch will be there to advocate for environmental and social integrity in carbon markets. Here is a summary of the relevant issues that will be discussed in Bonn. New Market Mechanisms At the climate negotiations in Durban in November 2011 countries…

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News
11 Feb 2012

Loopholes (Newsletter #18)

Our recent CDM Watch briefing paper looked at the cumulative impact of loopholes on emission reduction pledges countries have made. Our calculations show that pledges are small enough to fall right through current loopholes. Without swift action, we’re heading off the path of 2 degrees warming and hurtling towards 4 degrees of warming. We like…

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Press release
8 Dec 2011

Press Release: Loopholes Undermine Viability of Climate Regime

Durban, South Africa. As countries are negotiating a new global climate regime, a CDM Watch paper released today calls for immediate action to close loopholes in the rules under the current climate regime. The policy brief shows that the flawed rules could easily negate the reduction pledges developed countries have made for 2020 and in the worst case, even undermine a third commitment period.

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