Many developing countries are unable to fulfil their obligations as signatories of multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs) because they lack capacity to address increasingly complex scientific and technical issues. Developing countries are faced with a variety of obstacles, including inadequate human, financial, and technical resources. These constraints severely impact their ability to implement MEAs. In order to address this pressing issue, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has joined forces with the European Commission (EC) and several other partners to enhance the capacity of African, Caribbean, and Pacific (ACP) countries to implement MEAs.
One of the components of this work address the Kyoto Protocol under the United Nations Framework Convention for Climate Change. Particularly for developing countries, a crucial element in the Protocol is the Clean Development Mechanism which allows project based carbon emissions reductions that can be transferred to developed countries in response to quantitative emissions reduction obligations. The ACP-MEA programme undertakes to provide easier access to the CDM through a better overview of applicable technologies and suitable methodologies for their implementation. This part of the programme is implemented in collaboration with the UNEP Risoe Centre.
The CDM Technology and Methodology Overview is developed by the Energy and Carbon Finance Program of the UNEP Risoe Centre, in support of the UNEP Risoe Centre’s Programme for Capacity Development for the CDM (CD4CDM).