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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
10 Jul 2014

Campaign Focus: CDM needs to catch up with social standards already in place for other mechanisms

A new chance to address the shortcomings of the CDM to implement robust public participation rules was born last year at the climate change conference in Warsaw where Parties requested the UNFCCC secretariat to collect information on practices for local stakeholder consultation and providetechnical assistance for the development of guidelines upon the request of countries. In June, at a recent Africa Regional Workshop in Windhoek Namibia, Designated National Authorities (DNAs) discussed how improvements to the role of local stakeholder consultations could be made and how to sustainable development impacts of Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects can be monitored. Carbon Market Watch participated at this two day capacity building workshop and highlighted that best practice guidance on how to implement existing rules is still needed.

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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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Carbon Market Watch News
9 Apr 2014

New Sustainable Development Tool is a small step forward

The CDM Board published a tool to report about the contribution of CDM projects to sustainable development. The tool is far from being perfect but it is a step in the right direction to improve the oversight of sustainable development and to monitor co-benefits other than GHG reductions of climate mitigation projects. It could become a useful quality check tool for offset buyers and “cancellers” to help ensure a genuine contribution to sustainable development.

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Carbon Market Watch News
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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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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Carbon Market Watch News
30 May 2013

Reforming the CDM: Mission Impossible? (Newsletter #3)

At the upcoming intercessional conference starting on 3 June in Germany, Parties will discuss revisions to the rules that govern the CDM. We highlight the most important issues that need to be addressed in order to strengthen the environmental and social integrity of the CDM. This year Parties will revise the rules that govern the…

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Carbon Market Watch News
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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Carbon Market Watch News
16 Nov 2012

CDM Executive Board – Bad timing for wrong-headed decisions (Newsletter #1)

See Newsletter #1, November 2012 At its last meeting in September, CDM Executive Board made a series of unfortunate decisions. At their upcoming meeting in Doha they will again discuss a number of important issues. At a time when carbon markets are collapsing due to severe oversupply, the CDM needs to be significantly reformed. Board…

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Carbon Market Watch 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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