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Carbon Market Watch News
25 Nov 2014

Keeping the books on emission units

Accounting of emissions will be a cornerstone of a future climate treaty and is hugely important for the integrity of carbon markets as well as keeping us on track to limit global warming below 2°C. Lima will need to lay grounds for a rigorous accounting framework and robust unit quality requirements. It will also need to establish consistency to the ICAO process that is developing a global market based mechanism for aviation emissions.

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Carbon Market Watch News
29 Aug 2014

Deadly protests against Guatemala hydro dam leave questions over UN Board’s project approval

In June, the UN Board of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) approved the contentious hydroelectric project Santa Ritadespite serious concerns over human rights violations. On 15 August 2014, a repressive security operation against the Q’eqchies communities of Cobán, Chisec and Raxruha by more than 1500 national police officers led to the forceful eviction of some 160 families resulting in three deaths, 50 injured, and a negative mark on the mechanism’s future. Carbon Market Watch is now calling for a formal investigation of the repressive actions and for the CDM’s Board to implement a grievance mechanism for affected communities.

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Carbon Market Watch News
18 Jun 2014

Contentious Santa Rita hydro dam project given UN go ahead

In June, members of the UN’s Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Executive Board unanimously approved the Santa Rita Hydroelectric dam project #9713 despite widespread concerns that the local stakeholder consultation was not conducted correctly resulting in alleged human rights violations.

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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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Carbon Market Watch News
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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27 Mar 2013

Watch This! NGO Voices on Carbon Markets #5

Despite severely over-supplied carbon markets and lacking mitigation commitments, countries are currently developing additional carbon market schemes. At the same time, countries are contemplating what changes are needed to the underlying rules of the CDM. They are also negotiating REDD and other approaches to reduce emissions from international aviation. Throughout all these developments it is of utmost importance to take into account the lessons from the past. In order to achieve real benefits for climate and people, your voice on carbon markets will be important!

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27 Mar 2013

The right choice by the native peoples of Panama (Watch This! #5)

Native forests threatened by Barro Blanco hydrodam. Photo courtesy of Oscar Sogandares By Oscar G. Sogandares, Spokesperson Asociación Ambientalista de Chiriquí Last month, the Coordination of Indigenous Peoples of Panama (COONAPIP) representing the seven indigenous peoples of Panama withdrew from the UN REDD Programme in Panama. In a letter to the UN, COONAPIP explains that…

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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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Press release
5 Mar 2013

Press statement: International organizations welcome World Bank Ombudsman´s initiative to scrutinize investment project in Bajo Aguán, Honduras

International organizations welcome the World Bank Ombudsman´s initiative to scrutinize an investment project of the International Finance Corporation due to allegations of human rights violations of peasant communities in the Lower Aguán valley, Honduras, and demand immediate halt to the project. See the international statement here. However, a similar project at the same location remains…

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Press release
10 Sep 2012

Press Release: CDM High Level Panel’s recommendations do not deliver

Brussels, 10 Sept, 2012. Today the High-Level Panel for the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Policy Dialogue presented its final report with recommendations on how to improve the CDM. The report fails to address some of the fundamental flaws of the CDM, in particular how to address the large oversupply of credits that do not represent…

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