Special Report: COLOMBIAN PEACE PROCESS AND THE CDM
The Clean Development Mechanism might become an unlikely building block in Colombias peace process if a fascinating proposal from that countrys National Industrial Association (ANDI) is taken up. Juan Pablo Bonilla (ANDI, [email protected]) talked to Peter Doran about a tentative proposal to generate CDM credits in the Colombian Amazon through the development of sinks while helping to displace illegal crops which provide cash for insurgents and drug cartels.
Real Audio interview with Juan Pablo Bonilla, National Industrial Association, Colombia
Clean Development Mechanism and a road map to certification
At this event, a paper - Project Certification under the CDM: Some Technical and Institutional Issues - was presented and discussed. Written by Eveline Trines of the Societe General de Surveillance (SGS), the paper aims to clarify and elaborate on some of the concepts outlined in Article 12 of the Kyoto Protocol, including project eligibility and criteria, certification issues, and institutional arrangements. It argues that further clarification is needed in several key areas in order for the CDM to function effectively.The meeting was arranged by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD, http://www.wbcsd.ch) in collaboration with the SGS. Christopher Upton (WBCSD) and Eveline Trines (SGS, [email protected]) hosted the event.
RIght: Eveline Trines, Programme Manager, Carbon Offset Verification, Socit Gnrale de Surveillance (SGS) presenting her report on Project Certification under the Clean Development Mechanism, and Christopher Upton, World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), www.wbcsd.ch
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Right: Andrew Kerr, WWF, and Mark Kenbar , WWF International, at the WWF press conference
|Jennifer Morgan, Climate Policy Officer, WWF, seated with Andrew Kerr, WWF, who presented the WWF report on Climate Change and Human Health||Dr. Alfredo Sejo, Hospital Muoz, Buenos Aires, and Dr. Paul Epstein, Associate Director at Harvard Medical School and author of the Climate Change and Human Health report|
The aim of the meeting was to present a discussion paper by Marcel Berk ([email protected], pictured right) and Michel den Elzen ([email protected]) from the Netherlands National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM).
The paper they presented, entitled The Brazilian Proposal and other Options for International Burden Sharing, assessed the methodology used in the original Brazilian proposal. It concluded that the methodology is incorrect, and that it overestimates the contribution of the Annex I countries to temperature increase while underestimating that of non-Annex I states. It also examined how the burden of emissions reduction could be allocated, assessing various options using a new model the authors have developed.
Speakers included several representatives of IGES, as well as Hiroshi Ohki, the Chairperson of COP3, and Kazuo Aichi, a Member of the House of Representatives in Japan, as well as a former Minister of the Environment Agency.
Below: Responding to questions, Dr. Jiro Akita, Tohoku University, Japan, Dr. Naoki Matsuo, IGES, and Tatsuyoshi Saijo, Osaka University, Japan , higlight the benefits of emissions trading and the inclusion of the clean development mechanism as one of the flexibility mechanisms
In this real audio interview Professor Akio Morishima, Chair of the Board of Directors of IGES, talks about the organisation's work and the event itself. Following is Naoki Matsuo, Ph.D. - also of IGES - discussing flexibility mechanisms and EU proposals to limit the tradeable amounts of emissions.
Right: Prof. Akio Morishima, Chair of the Board, IGES, and Hiroshi Ohki, COP-3 Chair and former Minister of Environment Agency, Japan, during the IGES special event
|Left: Members of the Korean
Ecological Youth (KEY) group from South Korea read messages to COP-4 participants
collected from children around the world. The messages express the children's concerns
regarding the environment and are posted on the Gakkos web site and on the Gakkos tree
prepared for COP-4.
| Left: Conference participants catch up on email at one of the two
computer centers throughout the conference hall
Right: Paul Clements-Hunt, Policy Manager, International Chamber of Commerce, and Langston James Goree IV, Managing Editor of the Earth Negotiations Bulletin, discuss future collaborations
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