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<< Back to: Member News: ICLEI e-News | issue 8, June - July 2007

Kitakyushu Initiative scoping out CDM projects

July 04, 2007

The fourth meeting of the Kitakyushu Initiative was recently held in Kitakyushu (Japan).

The meeting was to garner commitments to conduct projects and disseminate their experiences to other cities, to discuss future collaborations, and to identify Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) opportunities.

Participants are local governments in the Asia Pacific region, and the meeting is being organized by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), the Government of Japan’s Ministry of Environment, the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies, and the city of Kitakyushu.

CDM stands for the Clean Development Mechanism, one of three mechanisms developed under the Kyoto Protocol to help countries meet their targets in a cost effective way. Effective use of these Mechanisms are seen as a strategy to not only help reduce greenhouse gases, but provide international business opportunities and potential new revenue streams for both domestic and foreign businesses.   Greenhouse gas reduction strategies that form part of local government Climate Action Plans have the potential to qualify as CDM projects; for more information, please visit www.iclei.org/ccp.

Kitakyushu is one of 21 local governments in Japan that are currently Members of ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability.  For more information on ICLEI and its activities in Japan, please visit www.iclei.org/japan.

Source:  “Fourth Meeting of the Kitakyushu Initiative Network”,  Institute for Global Environmental Strategies at www.iges.or.jp.