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Failed Mechanism: How the CDM is subsidizing hydro developers and harming the Kyoto Protocol

FIVE YEARS AGO International Rivers started monitoring the Kyoto Protocol’s Clean Development Mechanism, concerned that funds marked for climate change mitigation would be used to encourage construction of otherwise uneconomic large hydropower projects, taking limited funds away from renewable energy projects in real need of support, and subsidizing the social and environmental impacts that large hydropower often produces. What has actually happened is worse than we expected. The CDM is blindly subsidizing the destruction of rivers, while the dams it supports are helping destroy the environmental integrity of the CDM.

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Document type Reports, journal articles, and research papers (including theses and dissertations)
Language of document
  • English
Short title (alternative/varying form of title) Failed Mechanism
Topics Mitigation
Geographic area (spatial range)
  • Cambodia
  • China
  • Lao People's Democratic Republic
  • Myanmar
  • Thailand
  • Viet Nam
Copyright Unclear copyright
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Author (individual) Barbara Haya
Publication place Berkeley
Publisher International Rivers
Publication date 2007
Pagination 12
Keywords CDM,Kyoto Protocol,Certified Emissions Reductions
Date uploaded December 3, 2017, 23:00 (UTC)
Date modified December 3, 2017, 23:03 (UTC)