UNFCCC/UNEP Supported Workshop Builds Capacity to Enhance the Distribution of CDM Projects in Asia and the Pacific

8 August 2012. Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects contribute to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and mitigate the impact of climate change. In order to promote their diffusion by sharing best practices and key lessons on CDM, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Secretariat, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), in partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Risoe Centre, organized a Workshop on Enhancing the Regional Distribution of Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Projects in Asia and the Pacific. The event was hosted by the Government of the Philippines and took place on 18-20 July 2012, in Manila, the Philippines.

The workshop attracted 182 participants from 35 countries. The overarching themes of the meeting were the standard baselines (SB) and CDM programme of activities (PoA), which are expected to be instrumental to promoting CDM in least developed countries (LDCs), small island developing states (SIDS) and countries hosting fewer than 10 registered projects. The workshop included three types of activities to strengthen the capacity of stakeholders in the Asia-Pacific region on SB and PoA.

1. Presentations and Discussion

In session 1-4, presentations on CDM regulatory frameworks, CDM PoA, SB, financial issues, and related best practices were made. These were provided by the organizers as well as invited experts and designated national authority (DNA) representatives. Participants also actively engaged in questions & answers sessions.

2. Hands-on Exercise

In session 5, IGES provided Excel-based exercise materials for CDM PoA on five methodologies – compost, biogas, renewable energies, CFL distribution and transport. These exercise materials were designed to provide a basic understanding of how CDM PoA could be designed. Participants went through this exercise supported by hands-on instructions from IGES staff as well as discussion with other participants.

3. Group Work for Project Formulation

In session 6 and 7, participants were divided into eight groups to develop an “Action Plan” to promote CDM PoA or SB in each sub-region. Each group developed action plans or project proposals, and presented the outcome to the panel members composed of organizers. The presentations included slides, movies and on-stage drama. Participants committed to enhance the action plans in their own regions.

For further information please contact Jiwan Acharya (ADB) jacharya@adb.org, Kazuhisa Koakutsu (IGES) koakutsu@iges.or.jp, Fatima-Zahra Taibi (UNFCCC) ftaibi@unfccc.int  or Xianli Zhu (UNEP Riso Centre) xzhu@dtu.dk or visit: http://www.iges.or.jp/en/cdm/activity_regional120718.html.