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Carbon Market Watch News
12 Jul 2012

Western Sahara: CDM project stirs conflict over host country approval on illegally occupied land (Newsletter #20)

Guest article by Sara Eyckmans – Coordinator, Western Sahara Resource Watch (WSRW) A wind farm project of a company owned by the Moroccan King is requesting approval under the UN’s Clean Development Mechanism. The wind farm is situated in a territory illegally occupied by Morocco: Western Sahara. Yet, the Moroccan Government is qualified as the…

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Carbon Market Watch News
12 Jul 2012

CDM Policy Dialogue’s final report – Countdown is on! (Newsletter #20)

The high-level panel on the CDM Policy Dialogue is preparing its final report which is expected to be published in September 2012. CDM Watch has closely followed the consultation process and is worried that the final report will be heavily influenced by business lobbyists. CDM Watch calls on the Policy Dialogue members to give an…

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Carbon Market Watch News
12 Jul 2012

A Review of UNFCCC Carbon Market Developments (Newsletter #20)

The last intercessional UN climate negotiations took place in May in Bonn, Germany. The main theme of the two-week conference seemed to be “diverging views” on about every agenda item. There were diverging views about the length of the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol; about the work programme of the new Durban Platform…

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Carbon Market Watch News
11 May 2012

High expectations on High-Level CDM Policy Dialogue Panel

After the CDM Policy Dialogue was launched at COP-17 in Durban the members of the high-level panel held its first meeting this February. The first meeting provided clarity that the panel will be developing recommendations about the CDM’s internal workings, the future direction and its impact to mitigation and sustainable development. Expectations are high… At…

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Carbon Market Watch News
8 May 2012

Coal in the CDM – the Saga Continues (Newsletter #19)

The CDM Executive Board will discuss a revision of the coal methodology at its upcoming meeting. We described the shortcomings of the revisions in a technical note to the Board. Despite the proposed, more stringent rules, many CDM coal projects will still result in credits that do not represent real emission reductions. In addition, they…

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Carbon Market Watch News
8 May 2012

Civil Society Workshop on CDM and Carbon Markets (Newsletter #19)

Guest article by Mahesh Pandya (Paryavaran Mitra) and Falguni Joshi (Gujarat Forum on CDM) Along with local partner organisation Paryanvara Mitra, CDM Watch hosted its second successful CDM workshop in April 2012 in India. The workshop was held at Gujarat Vidyapith, a university founded by Mahatma Gandhi in 1920 in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India. We were delighted…

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Carbon Market Watch News
8 May 2012

Side-Event in Bonn: CDM Policy Dialogue Panel meets Civil Society (Newsletter #19)

CDM Watch is organising a side-event in Bonn where civil society representatives will meet members of the CDM Policy Dialogue Panel. The presenters will discuss lessons learnt from CDM projects and lay out a series of specific recommendations to improve the CDMs ability to involve stakeholders and deliver real sustainability benefits. CDM Policy Dialogue Panel…

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Carbon Market Watch 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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Carbon Market Watch News
8 May 2012

CDM Watch Discussion Forum Takes Off (Newsletter #19)

CDM Watch recently launched an online discussion forum to enable the public to participate in the CDM reform dialogue. The UN High-Level Panel on the CDM Policy Dialogue Panel is currently taking stock of the lessons learned in the CDM. CDM Watch’s Discussion Forum aims to foster open and constructive communication between civil society, policy…

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