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30 Sep 2013

Friend of the Court Brief filed in Panamanian Case challenging CDM project Barro Blanco (Newsletter #4)

The infamous CDM Barro Blanco hydro power project, registered in 2011, continues to cause unrest amongst indigenous communities in Panama. Civil society organizations filed a letter in an ongoing domestic lawsuit in a Panamanian court, after a visit by UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples who concluded that the government should have ensured adequate consultation. Despite the negative impacts on the Ngöbe communities, the CDM remains without remedies for affected people to appeal against CDM projects that violate applicable international, including international human rights laws.

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4 Mar 2013

What finance for REDD+? (Newsletter #2)

Forests play a vital role in mitigating climate change and are crucial in the struggle for sustainable development. Not only do they have a fundamental role in the preservation of global ecological systems, they are especially important for supporting the lives and livelihoods of an estimated 1.6 billion forest dependent peoples. The ability of forest…

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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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News
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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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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News
4 Apr 2011

CDM Watch UNFCCC submissions (Newsletter #13)

The month of March saw a number of deadlines for public input to the UNFCCC policy process. The following section provides an overview of submissions made by CDM Watch: a.   Areas and means for direct communication between the CDM EB and relevant stakeholder groups Communication between civil society representatives and the Board mainly happens via…

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News
25 Nov 2010

Civil Society CDM Workshop Brazil (Newsletter #11)

CDM Watch organized a 2-day CDM Workshop for NGOs, Activists and Citizens in Brazil’s capital Brasilia on 26 and 27 October. The steadily rising number of CDM projects in Brazil is observed with growing concern. The projects’ poor environmental integrity and lack of transparency paired with fraudulent activities to maximize credit issuance have put Brazilian…

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News
22 Mar 2010

Controversial CDM project “Plantar” deemed to be rejected (Newsletter #7)

During this Board meeting, members will decide about the fate of one of the most controversial projects ever submitted to the CDM Executive Board. Project 2569 “Reforestation as Renewable Source of Wood Supplies for Industrial Use in Brazil” by Plantar S.A was vehemently criticized over the past years in numerous publications, videos, technical reports, open…

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