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CDM Watch News for Civil Society andPolicy Makers #2 April 2011
As the CDM Executive Board is meetingin Bangkok from 11-15 April 2011 for theirsecond meeting this year, we are takingthe opportunity to bring another per-spective into the discussions: the views
of civil society on specic CDM projects
and wider policy developments.
This edition of the CDM Watch Newsletter contains three eye witness reports. Allthree of them reveal shocking shortcomings of the CDM which need to be addressed
on the very project level but also on a much more generic policy level in order to avoid
that any of the problems replicate in the future.
The rst project we are looking at is a biogas project in Honduras that is linked to seri
-ous human rights violations. If registered under the CDM, EDF trading would receivecarbon credits with the authorization of the UK government for emission reductions
obtained despite killings related to land disputes over the project site and closelylinked to the project developers.The second project we are examining is a large hydro power project in Western Panama.
The validation has recommended registration despite massive local resistance against
the project. A dedicated Panamanian human rights activist gives a rsthand account of
his experience with how the application of the Barro Blanco is handled in reality.
Thirdly, we look again at a biogas project, the rst registered project in Tanzania. Sofar, CDM biogas projects have been praised as the most sustainable projects im
plemented under the CDM. But both the Aguan as well as the Mtoni project tell a
different story.On the basis of the input we receive from our CDM Watch Network from the ground,we have formulated input to international policy developments. In this newsletter
you will also nd a brief summary of our submissions responding to the following
calls for public input 1) means for direct communication between the CDM ExecutiveBoard and relevant stakeholder groups; 2) CDM appeals procedure; 3) the issue of materiality in the CDM; and 4) the inclusion of reforestation of lands with forest in
exhaustion as A/R CDM project activities.
Finally we are giving some insight into lessons learnt in two fruitful workshops whichwe organized in Mesoamerica in February 2011 to empower local communities.
Happy reading.PS: please note that we are recruiting!
Newsletter #2 / April 2011