5 April 2006
On 29 March, the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies
(IGES), Hayama, Japan, and the United Nations Economic and Social
Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) organised a meeting
in Bangkok entitled "Asia-Pacific Dialogue on Innovative
Options for Non-Annex 1 Countries' Participation for Climate
Change Action." Options were discussed to promote the participation
of Asian developing countries in the future climate regime.
It is anticipated that greenhouse gas emissions
in Asian developing countries will significantly increase
in the near future. After the entry into force of the Kyoto
Protocol in February 2005, many of these countries have positively
promoted Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects that contribute
to GHG emissions reduction. They are further expected to participate
in the future climate regime and make efforts to reduce their
GHG emissions. In order to promote their participation, we
should prepare various policy options based on their interests,
including a review of the CDM administrative procedures.
About thirty participants representing the
governments, academia, non-governmental organisations and
leading research institutions participated in the dialogue.
Diversified political measures such as the concept of a unilateral
CDM linked to the Certified Emission Reductions (CER) discounting
scheme, as well as the well-known approaches of "policy
CDM" and "the relaxation of CDM additionality"
were highlighted and the feasibility of each option and its
merits/demerits for Asian developing countries were discussed.
IGES and UNESCAP plan to discuss this theme further and disseminate
the results to governmental committees, international meetings
and other official channels, with the aim of contributing
to the policy-making process.