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Submission by China on Simplified Modalities and Procedures for Small-scale Afforestation and Reforestation Project Activities under the CDM

Submission by China on Simplified Modalities and Procedures for Small-scale Afforestation and Reforestation Project Activities under the CDM


In accordance with the request of FCCC/SBSTA/2003/L.27, China submits the following views on simplified modalities and procedures for small-scale afforestation and reforestation project activities under the Clean Development Mechanism. Further views and proposals may be elaborated.

1. Environmental integrity can not be sacrificed and shall still be ensured in the process of developing the simplified modalities and procedures for small-scale afforestation and reforestation projects activities under Clean Development Mechanism.

2. The simplified modalities and procedures for small-scale afforestation and reforestation projects activities under CDM shall be guided by relevant principles and decisions adopted, in particular the principals in the preamble of Draft decision-/CMP.1 (land use, land-use change and forestry), Decision 17/CP.7(Modalities and procedures for a clean development mechanism as defined in Article 12 of the Kyoto Protocol), and Draft decision -/CMP.1 (Modalities and procedures for A&R project activities under the CDM in the first commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol).

3. The implementation of small-scale A&R project activities shall contribute to the sustainable development of the host country and also lead to technology transfer to host country.

4. In addition to the requirements specified in paragraph 1 to 3 above, the following elements must be contained in the simplified modalities and procedures for small-scale afforestation and reforestation project activities under the Clean Development Mechanism.

1) Where appropriate, simplified modalities and procedures for small-scale clean development mechanism project activities, as contained in annex II to Decision 21/CP.8 (Guidance to the Executive Board of the clean development mechanism), shall apply.

2) A clarification shall be developed for the definition of small-scale afforestation and reforestation CDM project activity.

3) Section K of the A&R CDM project modalities and procedures contained in Draft decision -/CMP.1 (Modalities and procedures for afforestation and reforestation project activities under CDM in the first commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol) shall fully apply to small-scale A&R CDM project activities.

4) Before a proposed small-scale afforestation or reforestation project could be validated, the operational entity contracted to do so shall receive from the project proponent, inter alia, a document explaining how the proposed project activity is developed or implemented by low-income communities and individuals as determined by the host Party, as well as relevant supporting documents.

5) The crediting period for small-scale A&R CDM project activities shall be same as specified in the Annex to Draft decision -/CMP.1 (Modalities and procedures for A&R project activities under the CDM in the first commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol);

6) A large project shall not be debundled, as determined through appendix C of Annex II (Simplified modalities and procedures for small-scale clean development mechanism project activities, FCCC/CP/2002/7/Add.3). A small-scale project activity that is part of a large project activity shall not be eligible to use the simplified modalities and procedures for small-scale CDM project activities.

7) Simplified project design document for small-scale afforestation or reforestation project should be developed.

8) Project participants shall include, as part of the project design document for a small-scale CDM project activity, a monitor plan when submitting for registration.

9) Any baseline methodologies and monitoring methodologies must be approved by CDM Executive Board before they can be applied.

10) Official development assistance can not be used in small-scale A&R CDM project activities.

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China 2004.03.10

Date:Mar 10,2004