CDM Toolkit


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This second edition of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Toolkit is designed for NGOs, activists and citizens who have little or no prior experience with the CDM. Like the first CDM Toolkit that was released by CDM Watch in 2003, it is a Guide that provides an explanation of how the CDM and its tools for public participation work.

Note that this Guide is not designed as a critique of the CDM, but rather as a tool for use by those who confront CDM projects in their country, and want to know more about the mechanism and how to assess projects.

This toolkit has been designed to bring clarity to key requirements when assessing CDM projects during the public commenting period and beyond. It begins by providing a general overview of the CDM and its history. It then explains the process a CDM project has to go through to obtain approval and be able to generate carbon credits. The focus is on explaining the key issues for civil society and identifying the opportunities for public input. This Guide also gives details about exceptional rules for certain project types, such as sinks projects and programmes of activities.

The CDM involves a lot of jargon and acronyms that we have tried to avoid as much as possible. But to give you an accurate picture of how the CDM works, we had to use some. To make it easier, key terms and acronyms in the text are explained in more detail in the glossary at the end of the toolkit.

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This Toolkit is sponsored by the International Climate Protection Initiative of the Federal Environment Ministry of Germany

CDM  Toolkit 2.0

The ‘CDM Toolkit 2.0’ is a complementary edition of the CDM Toolkit 1.0. It is designed as a guide for NGOs, activists and citizens to effectively engage in the CDM project cycle and implementation process and to address potential problems with CDM projects. It highlights what aspects in a project’s PDD to focus on when assessing CDM projects during the public commenting period and beyond.