Towards an effective implementation of the CDM in the Middle East and North Africa Region

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In the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Region1 18 countries have ratified the Kyoto Protocol, however at present only 22 projects have been registered. This has raised concern about the region’s capacity to compete internationally for Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) project activities and exploit fully its CDM potential. By taking Yemen as an example the objective of this paper is to outline some of the reasons why the CDM in the MENA Region has not picked up to its full potential so far. It is anticipated that this publication will assist decision makers, policy analysts and others concerned with the CDM process to deliberate the perceived opportunities and barriers, which may open up ways and means for this flexible mechanism under the Kyoto Protocol through cooperative action at various levels and sectors of interest.

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