PODCAST: Benefits of the CDM for African Communities

How could African communities benefit from the CDM? (© Romeo Mariano, CDM Project 1258 Quezon City Controlled Disposal Facility Biogas Emission, Philippines)

Clean Development projects are aimed at bringing multiple benefits to the communities which experience them as well as wider environmental benefits.

While the heart of the CDM remains the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and the benefits that brings, many of the projects register also bring much more localised benefits.

Investment in renewable energy projects – often in rural areas where access to electricity is not guaranteed – the transfer of technology into countries and employment and economic opportunities are just some of the benefits for countries such in Africa from the CDM.

In the thirteenth in the series of UNFCCC CDM Radio Club reports RTCC is hosting, Ugonma Cokey, a correspondent from the Voice of Nigeria, travelled to Bonn, Germany, home of the UNFCCC to find explore both the benefits and the limitations to the CDM in Africa.

The radio club aims to spread the word about the CDM in Africa and extend the benefits of the mechanism to communities that have not yet benefited from the scheme.

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