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CAN-I ECO2 Article: Right to appeal is not a game of two halves

27 Nov 2012

This article was written in part by Carbon Market Watch and originally published for the Climate Negotiations 2012 NGO Newsletter: ECO – Issue 2.

Here in Doha Parties will decide on an appeals procedure against decisions of the CDM Executive Board. It is crucial that civil society will be eligible to launch an appeal.  But wait, ECO heard that Parties would like to grant access to recourse to one side only? Dear delegates, this is not a game of two halves but two sides of the same coin. Indeed, we would like to remind you that any appeals procedure must serve the interests of all affected stakeholders. Granting access to recourse to project proponents only prioritizes corporate profit over the public interest, especially given the wider impacts that flawed CDM projects can have on global climate change and sustainable development. ECO would like to encourage delegates to take this chance here in Doha to adopt a fair and balanced procedure to enable a more robust public check on the CDM project approval process, and promote transparency, accountability and integrity in the decision-making process. Take this critical opportunity to introduce much needed quality control in the CDM decision-making process and adopt a robust appeals procedure!

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