Submission to call for input: CDM Policy Dialogue

CDM WATCH RESPONSE TO CALL FOR PUBLIC INPUTS ON ISSUES TO BE ADDRESSED IN THE CDM POLICY DIALOGUE

16 January 2012

CDM Watch  welcomes the opportunity to provide its views to call for public inputs  on issues to be addressed in the CDM policy dialogue. CDM Watch emphasises the importance of a balanced consultation process that includes all affected stakeholders, including local communities. We also highlight the importance of maintaining independence and transparency throughout the CDM policy dialogue.

CDM Watch urges Panel members to assess the broader context in which the CDM functions and to examine the role of the CDM in keeping temperature rises below 2?C. We therefore stress that it is more important than ever to reassess which CDM project types are fit to contribute to a low carbon economy. It is also important to provide incentives for developing countries to increase their own emission reductions. With new market mechanisms on the horizon, Panel members should also assess how the environmental integrity of co-existing market mechanisms can be ensured. With more than 5,000 CDM projects in the pipeline that will be operational for many years to come, CDM Watch also urges Panel members to reassess and improve stakeholder involvement in the CDM, including during the operational phase of CDM projects.

In this submission we provide our views on:

•    The independence of panel members and transparency of their work
•    The presentation of the final report
•    Specific issues that should be addressed:
o    Additionality
o    Standardisation
o    E+/E- ruling
o    Eligibility of project types
o    Approach to HFC-23 abatement
o    Human rights
o    Co-benefits and sustainable development
o    Public participation in the CDM process
o    Grievance mechanism
o    Co-existence of market mechanisms.

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