PODCAST: How does the CDM benefit sustainable development

© Vimal Sharma, CDM Project 0347: Chambal Power Limited’s (CPL) proposed 7.5 MW biomass based power, India

CDM projects are set up with two aims; to lower emissions and to ensure sustainable development in the developing world. 

Many countries in Africa have found undertaking the CDM difficult – both financially and conceptually – but following capacity building programmes, many projects are underway on the continent

While the carbon emission reductions achieved by these projects are monitored under the UNFCCC process, the sustainable development assessments are largely undertaken by the countries themselves.

In Tanzania for example, they measure sustainable development on not only the benefits it brings to communities but also how far it goes at meeting the national agendas on environment, poverty reduction and development etc as a whole.

In the fourteenth in the series of UNFCCC CDM Radio Club reports RTCC is hosting, Ugonma Cokey, a correspondent from the Voice of Nigeria traveled to Bonn, the home of the UNFCCC to explore how the CDM is contributing to sustainable development.

Through her interviews she learns about the social, economic and developmental benefits of the CDM, its role in providing skills and jobs and also in reducing emissions.

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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