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Unsolicited Letter: Effective Means for Public Participation

Letter to the CDM EB from CDM Watch on behalf of civil society affected by CDM projects, to highlight significant concerns about effective means for public participation under the current CDM procedures.

Paragraph 7 of decision 2/CMP.5 clearly requests the Executive Board, as its highest priority, to continue to significantly improve transparency, consistency and impartiality in its work. Paragraph 8 moreover requests the Board to enhance the communication between the Board and stakeholders.

Within this spirit, CDM Watch has engaged with a wide range of civil society actors with the aim to coordinate public participation. However, a significant number of obstacles within the CDM procedures seriously hinder any effective means for public participation in manner consistent with the UNFCCC and Kyoto Protocol and general principles of international law.

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