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Before the validator assesses whether the project developer has complied with the key requirements in the PDD, the public has the chance to make submissions during a 30-day public comment period. During this period, you can raise your concerns to the validator about whether the project meets the validation requirements and thus whether it should be approved. That is why validation is a crucial point in the project approval process for civil society actors.

One way to write a public comment is to clearly state how the project is not in compliance with the rules of the CDM. You should make a submission during the 30-day public validation period if the project has not met either one or more of these conditions. On page 17 of our CDM Toolkit, the key validation requirements are explained in detail and cross referenced to the relevant sections of the PDD. We prepared a checklist to help you write and submit your comments:

Public Comments Checklist English
Comentarios Publicos Listado

Note that any comments you make do not have to be long and do not have to address all of the validation requirements or the technical specifications of the project. Your submission can be a one-paragraph text addressing only one of the requirements.

Notification of the beginning of a 30-day public comment period is only made public on the UNFCCC website CDM Watch informs its Network members about projects up for public comments every week. You can find more information about the CDM Watch Network here

The deadline for the submission of public comments is 24h GMT and comments have to be submitted in English through the online system to be valid. Please get in touch if you would like assistance with writing or submitting a comment.

See comments we have submitted here