Campaigners urge social content for Kyoto

Forest protection group says creation of carbon sinks under CDM must benefit local communities

Forest restoration and plantation projects in developing countries should be eligible for funding through the Kyoto protocol's clean development mechanism (CDM) only if they provide tangible benefits to local communities as well as the environment, forest protection campaign group Forest Trends said on Thursday.

The group wants Kyoto party states to add social criteria to the CDM when they gather in December to continue finalising the mechanism's detailed rules at COP-9 in Milan. This would create an extra hurdle for firms hoping to acquire emission reduction credits through the CDM but is thought unlikely to happen since the talks are at such an advanced stage.

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