Day 1 -Wednesday 3rd of March 2010


Understanding the CDM project life cycle

from drafting the PIN and PDD to registering a project


8h30 – 9h30 – Room 9


Daniele Violetti, Manager, CDM Process Management Unit & Secretary CDM Executive Board, UNFCCC

David Abbass, Public Information Officer, CDM, UNFCCC - (PDF)

Mike Bess, Director, Africa and Bulgaria, Head of Policy and Strategy, Camco


The CDM project cycle seems confusing on paper and can be even more taxing in reality. This session will review the different stages of the project cycle in depth, with particular emphasis on the interaction with the UNFCCC secretariat and CDM Executive Board. Participants will gain insight into different problems that may be encountered along the way and be introduced to potential solutions.



Setting up a PoA - Creating an effective management entity


8h30 – 9h30 – Room 3


Miriam Hinostroza, Energy & Carbon Finance Coordinator, UNEP - (PDF)

Edwin Aalders, Partner Business Development, Idea Carbon

Samira Elkhamlichi, Environmental Specialist,The World Bank - (PDF)

Marc André Marr, Head of Business Unit CDM/JI management, Perspectives GmbH - (PDF)


Programmatic CDM is seen as one of the tools that could unlock the CDM within Africa.  Key to a successful implementation of a Programme of Activities (PoA) is an Operational Entity capable of managing the scope of the programme and its many participants.  This session will look at the how to set up a Operational Entity and what the responsibilities are that must be considered as a PoA is developed.



Opening Ceremony


10h00 – 11h00 – Room 2


Organizing Host & Partners Welcome Addresses


Achim Steiner, Executive Director, UNEP

John Kilani, Director - Sustainable Development Mechanisms (SDM) Programme, UNFCCC

Henry Derwent, President  & CEO, International Emissions Trading Association (IETA)


Host Country Official Addresses


Hon. Noah Wekesa, Minister for Forestry and Wildlife, Kenya

His Excellency Hon Mwai Kibaki, President of the Republic, Kenya



Welcoming Ceremony


11h00– 11h30 – Room 2


Organizing Partners  Welcome Remarks


Hela Cheikhrouhou, Manager, Infrastructure Finance, Private Sector Department, The African Development Bank

Anil S. Bhandari, Senior Adviser Africa Region, The World Bank

Aeneas Chapinga Chuma, Resident Coordinator, UN & Resident Representative, UNDP

Lucas  Assunção, Head , Trade, Environment, Climate Change and Sustainable Development Branch Division on International Trade in Goods and Services and Commodities, UNCTAD



Copenhagen outcome and future perspectives


12h – 13h15 – Room 2


Moderator:  John Kilani, Director, Sustainable Development Mechanisms (SDM) Programme, UNFCCC


Clifford Mahlung, Chair, Clean Development Mechanism, Executive Board, UNFCCC

Ogunlade R Davidson, Co-Chair, IPCC Working Group III, Sierra Leone

Tosi Mpanu-Mpanu, Co-Chair of the DNA Chairing Committee, Directeur de l'Autorité Nationale Désignée du Mécanisme pour un Développement Propre, DNA – DRC

Andrei Marcu, Head of Regulatory Affairs, Environment and Climate Change, Mercuria

William Kojo Agyemang-Bonsu, National Climate Change Coordinator, DNA – Ghana


Parties and observers had hoped that the Copenhagen climate change talks would be a key step towards the successful implementation of climate change adaptation and mitigation policy internationally.  The two-year negotiation process ended with the signing of the Copenhagen Accord as well as some progress on some of the technical issues related to possible new adaptation and mitigation mechanisms.  Experts & UNFCCC negotiators will discuss the outcome of Copenhagen, the implications for Africa, and what will be required in the months ahead to keep the momentum going and deliver a framework that will bring effective adaptation and mitigation activity to Africa.



Land use and carbon finance post-Copenhagen - State of the play and emerging opportunities in the area of agriculture, forestry and other land uses in Africa


14h15 – 15h30 – Room 2


Moderator: Ellysar Baroudy, Senior Carbon Finance Specialist, The World Bank


Xavier Mugumya, National Forest Authority, Uganda

Mario Bocucci, Chief Terrestrial Ecosystems Unit Division of Environmental Policy Implementation, UNEP

John Drexhage, Director, Climate Change and Energy, IISD - (PDF)

Hailu Tefera, Environment Coordinator, World Vision – Ethiopia

Mercedes Fernandez, Environmental law Expert, Climate Focus


The forestry and agriculture sectors in Africa have great potential for carbon projects and constitute a win-win opportunity for the climate change agenda. Through climate-smart land management and forest conservation, Africa can play a vital role in carbon sequestration and climate regulation. Several initiatives have been launched by UN agencies, governments and the private sector. Panelists will share information about these initiatives and discuss the latest developments from Copenhagen regarding these topics.



Carbon Finance in Solid Waste Management:  Emergence of Innovative Approaches

What Progress has been made?


15h45 – 16h45 – Room 9


Moderator: Katrin Heeren, Consultant to the Federal Environment Ministry Germany, GTZ


Henry Araymanya-Mugisha, NEMA Uganda - (PDF)

Rama Chandra Reddy, Senior Carbon Finance Specialist, The World Bank - (PDF)


Carbon finance can significantly enhance the viability of solid waste management projects while generating environmental and social co-benefits.  A number of CDM projects have been registered under the UNFCCC, while some innovative approaches are emerging on the African continent to enhancing the viability of CDM projects. The session will discuss some of the recent institutional and methodological approaches put forward in the region. The session will examine different approaches to design and develop waste-related CDM activities in the African region, through sharing experiences and lessons learned from the implementation of concrete projects.



Africa-friendly CDM methodologies and PoAs


15h45 – 16h45 – Room 3


Moderator: Kim Carnahan, Policy Leader, Flexible Mechanisms, International Emissions Trading Association (IETA)


Francisco Zamarron, Technical Manager, DNV - (PDF)

Monali Ronade, Carbon Finance Specialist, The World Bank

Chris Kemper, Director, Palmetto Ventures Limited

Farhan Nakhooda, Projects Director, The Madhvani Group


Project developers and DNAs frequently complain that approved methodologies do not fit the particular regional and local realities in Africa and that methodologies need to be written and tools developed to better suit the needs of projects in Africa. This session will discuss existing and in-development methodologies as well as methodological tools that work well in the African context, identify their characteristics, and try to reach conclusions about what further work needs to be done by experts and through the CDM EB to increase the number of Africa-friendly methods and tools.



Can PoA effectively be implemented in Africa?


17h15 – 18h30 – Room 2


Moderator:  John Christensen, Head of Centre, UNEP Risoe Center


Jockey Malhloa, Meteorologist, DNA Lethoso

Philippe Decq, South Europe, Africa and Middle East BU Marketing Manager, DNV - (PDF)

Mark Meyrick, Head of Carbon Desk, Alternative Energy, Eneco Energy Trade

Guido Schmidt-Traub, Director - Strategic Patnerships, South Pole Carbon Asset Management


The Programme of Activities (PoA) is widely seen as one of the ways to get African countries more effectively involved in the CDM.  However what barriers are currently preventing its implementation?  How can we overcome them?  What challenges can donor agencies help overcome in the development of PoAs?  Will the PoAs really promote private sector investment in Africa?  In this session initial experience with PoAs will be shared and ways to translate PoA successfully into the African context will be discussed.




Day 2 – Thursday 4th of March 2010


How to finance and sell credits – Legal implications


9h00 – 10h00 - Room 9


Monique Lussier, International Climate Change Advisor and Attorney, Irbaris

Paul Curnow, Partner, Baker & McKenzie - (PDF)


Effective contract negotiations are key to a successful emission reduction project.  This session will have participants engage in a role-play where both sellers and buyers will learn how to negotiate an Emission Reduction Purchase Agreement (ERPA) under the guidance of experienced legal counsel.



Addressing land tenure reforms and governance issues

for effective implantation of REDD in Africa


10h15 – 11h15 – Room 3


Moderator:  Yinka Agidee, Partner, The Rock & Partners - (PDF)


Muyeye Chambwera, Researcher, Sustainable Markets & Climate Change Groups, IIED

John Mason, Executive Director, NCRC Accra

Pius Yanda, Research Professor and Director, Institute of Resource Assessment, University of Dar Es Salaam

Richard Kaguaba, Mau Forest Project Manager, UNEP


REDD is a key element to many African Countries in the potential to attract significant amounts of carbon finance to strengthen national forest management.  However, at the same time there is a real risk that tensions will develop over the overall land use and tenure rights currently in place, often based on cultural inheritance.  This session will look at some of the requirements that need to be followed for the successful local implementation of REDD and how potentially diverging interests can be managed in a manner that ensures the welfare and rights of local communities versus national or the project developers' interests.



Role of policy makers in the implementation of CDM in Africa


10h15 – 11h15 – Room 9


Moderator:  Mike Bess, Director, Africa and Bulgaria, Head of Policy and Strategy, Camco


Paul Curnow, Partner, Baker & McKenzie

Todd Ngara, Project Manager for Africa, UNEP Risoe Center

Linus Mofor, Senior Lecturer & Consultant, Centre for Engineering Research & Environmental Applications (CEREA), Faculty of Advanced Technology, University of Glamorgan

Mattias Goldmann, Head of African Affairs, Tricorona


Studies have shown that, among other things, countries that have been successful in drawing in CDM project investment have actively facilitated CDM awareness-raising and put in place an enabling regulatory environment for CDM project activities. However, African governments are pressured to deal with many overlapping economic, political, social, and environmental issues. This session will depict the ideal as well as the practical roles of African policy makers in the implementation of CDM in Africa.




African projects and programs: Developing enhanced relationships between

private sector project developers and financial institutions


11h45 – 13h00 – Room 2


Moderator: Henry Derwent, President & Chief Executive Officer, International Emissions Trading Association (IETA)


Glenn Hodes, Energy Economist, UNEP Risoe Center

Geoff Sinclair, Head of Carbon Sales and Trading, Standard Bank - (PDF)

Hela Cheikhrouhou, Manager, Infrastructure Finance, Private Sector Department, African Development Bank

Steve Thorne, SSN Technology Transfer and Receptivity Programme Director and Country leader of SSN South Africa Country Team, Southsouthnorth

Thierno Bocar Tall, Director, African Biofuel  & Renewable Energy Fund, Ecowas Bank, Togo

Project financing in Africa has historically been problematic when compared to other regions, such as Asia and
Latin America. One key problem is that many of the projects are small scale or represent small scale activities and generally have a diverse geographic scope.  Consequently, seeking appropriate financial support from domestic banking institutions and/or multilateral financial organizations is problematic and must be approached carefully.  This session will explore ways in which the private sector can improve its access to beneficial financial arrangements as well as what financial institutions can do to facilitate the successful implementation of viable adaptation and mitigation projects.



Enhancing the role of DNAs in the project approval process


14h00 -15h15 – Room 2


Moderator: Daniele Violetti, Manager, CDM Process Management Unit &Secretary CDM Executive Board, UNFCCC


Lex de Jonge, CDM Executive Board member, UNFCCC - (PDF)

Samir Tantawi, Mitigation Manager, Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency (EEAA), DNA – Egypt - (PDF)

Tom Owino, Vice-President, Environmental Markets - Climate Care, JPMorgan - (PDF)

Mike Bess, Director, Africa and Bulgaria and, Head, Policy and Strategy, CAMCO - (PDF)

Courtney Blodgett, Clean Development Mechanism Technical Advisor, Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA) & United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) - (PDF)


Designated National Authorities (DNAs) play an integral role in the process of developing CDM projects and can be very effective at educating and encouraging CDM activity in host countries that have seen few CDM projects to date. DNAs in Africa, however, have been slow to develop and have experienced significant problems, which have deterred project development to some degree. This session will discuss the key characteristics of a well-functioning DNA and the positive impact that DNAs can have in the CDM process. Speakers will explain how DNAs in certain countries have built capacity over time and encouraged more project development in their country.



How to implement agricultural carbon projects in Africa


15h30 – 16h30 – Room 3


Moderator: Johannes Woelcke, Senior Economist, The World Bank - (PDF)


Richard  Mwendandu, Director, Multilateral Environmental Agreements, Ministry of Environment and Mineral Resources, Kenya - (PDF)

Timm Tennigkeit, Head of Carbon Finance Section, Unique Forestry Consultants - (PDF)

Wangu Mutua, Project Manager, Vi Agroforestry

John Fay, ACCE Technical Advisor & University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business


Africa relies heavily on agriculture for both export production as well as domestic subsistence needs, and effectively capturing the potential of this sector as a carbon offset solution will significantly enhance the access of Africa to the carbon market.  Nonetheless, little experience so far has been gained in doing agricultural projects.  This session will debate the elements that need to be considered when implementing projects within the agricultural sector and which elements need to be considered to avoid potential conflicts of interest related to carbon generation and food supply.



Voluntary market prospects in Africa


15h30 – 16h30 – Room 9


Moderator: Edwin Aalders, Partner, Business Development, IDEAcarbon


Nahla Sabet, Regional Manager- Africa and Middle East, Gold Standard Foundation

Tom Morton, Executive Director, Environmental Markets, JPMorgan

Hy Martin, Senior Associate, Carbon Finance, International Consultancy Europe, BV

Amit Oza, Director, Palmetto Ventures Limited


The voluntary market represents a significant opportunity to draw investors with unique motivations and investment perspectives to Africa. The ability of African governments and project developers to draw-in voluntary market activity could, however, be improved substantially. In this session, the voluntary market activity in Africa to-date will be reviewed, with a focus on what draws investors and project developers from the voluntary market to Africa and what types of projects they develop. Using lessons learned, the discussion will then focus on how to market the unique characteristics of African emission-reduction projects to project developers and offset credit buyers looking for specific characteristics and special project benefits.



Day 3 – Friday 5th of March 2010


CDM potential of agriculture in Africa


9h00 – 10h00 – Room 9


Moderator: Faouzi  Senhaji, Senior Scientist, UNEP Risoe Center -  (PDF)


Michael  Pollan, Investment Manager, Natixis Environnement & Infrastructures - (PDF)

Marc André Marr, Head of Business Unit CDM/JI management, Perspectives GmbH - (PDF)


This training session will highlight the potential of agriculture in Africa through a series of examples where projects have been developed successfully and through lessons learned.  African countries rely heavily on agriculture and unlocking the potential within this sector will heighten the ability of Africa to participate in the CDM.



REDD Readiness in Africa


10h15 – 11h15 – Room 9


Ken Creighton, Senior Policy Advisor, WWF - (PDF)

Johannes  Ebeling, Independent Carbon Finance Consultant -  (PDF)


This session aims to introduce participants to the concept of REDD and discuss lessons learned from national government's efforts to get 'ready' to participate in an emerging international REDD mechanism. The session will focus on the main challenges African governments are facing to have the necessary foundations to benefit from REDD in the future.



Success stories from project developers


10h15 – 11h15 – Room 3


Dougal McInnes, Senior Policy Officer, Cool nrg International

Francisco Zamarron, Technical Manager, DNV - (PDF)

Tom Owino, Vice-President, Environmental Markets - Climate Care, JPMorgan


In this training session will be discussed lessons learned and project developer experience in preparing a project design document, in this case, focusing on success stories. The speaker/s will highlight the project design document requirements that are crucial to project validation and registration. The session will explain the successes and difficulties encountered during the PDD preparation process and until validation and registration of the project has occurred. It will capture the different types of risks, investments, relationships, technical analysis and strategies to be considered.



Renewable energy: Opportunities in Africa


11h45 – 12h45 – Room 9


Moderator: Todd Ngara, Project Manager for Africa, UNEP Risoe


Mutuma  Marangu, Director , Green Resources AS

Stephen Karekezi, Director, Afrepren - (PDF)

Nogoye Thiam, Gender, Climate Change and Sustainable Development Unit, African Development Bank (AfdB) - (PDF)

Michael  Franz, Regional Energy Coordinator, GTZ


Renewable energy is promoted widely throughout the world, in order to address the growing demand for energy.  Africa, with its particular infrastructure and populations, has seen a considerable amount of experimentation in setting up local and regional networks of energy grids relying on renewable energy.  This session will look at the overall potential of renewable energy and how this potential can be further enhanced particularly in areas where the population comprises impoverished communities not connected to existing energy grids.



Making carbon finance work for the poor - Sharing lessons learned on carbon finance projects that benefit communities and reduce poverty


11h45 – 12h45 – Room 3


Moderator:  Brice Quesnel, Carbon Finance Unit, The World Bank


Nahla Sabet, Regional Manager- Africa and Middle East, Gold Standard Foundation - (PDF)

Lucas Black, Technical Advisor, UNDP

Fenella  Aouane,  Standard Bank - (PDF)

Kyle Denning, Carbon Development Specialist, Viability - (PDF)


The session will focus on the sustainable development impact of CDM projects.  Even small scale projects can deliver considerable socio-economic benefits to communities and help reduce poverty.  The panelists will share insights and experience from implementing such projects in Africa.



Grid emission factors and off-grid power generation in Africa


14h00 – 15h00 – Room 9


Moderator: Ian Humphery-Smith, Director, African Renewable Energies (AREL) - (PDF)


Marc André Marr, Head of Business Unit CDM/JI Management, Perspectives GmbH - (PDF)

Courtney Blodgett, Clean Development Mechanism Technical Advisor, Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA) & United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) - (PDF)

Paul Parks, Director & Partner, Carbon Limits

Mark Draeck, Carbon Group Manager, IT Power - (PDF)

Ad Dankers, CDM Manager Africa, Climate Department, Vattenfall Power Consultant - (PDF)


Project developers interested in developing CDM projects in the energy sector (on-grid or off-grid) have frequently faced the problem that in order to comply with the respective CDM Methodology they were required to use a national grid emission factor which was either not available or not appropriate due to the fact that it was considered outdated. This lead to either significant delays in the implementation of the project or withdrawal of the initiative. This session will look at ways and means that African countries can work towards establishing grid emission factors which can be used within existing and/or new CDM methodologies.



Managing risks in CDM projects in Africa – Spotlight on carbon contracts


14h00 -15h00 – Room 4


Moderator: Robert Dornau, EVP, Global Business Development and Strategic Alliances, Carbonflow


Edwin Aalders, Partner, Business Development, Idea Carbon

Sebastian Von Wolff, Origination, Orbeo

Steve Thorne , SSN Technology Transfer and Receptivity Programme Director and Country leader of SSN South Africa Country Team , Southsouthnorth - (PDF)

Lloyd John Chingambo, Chief Executive Officer, Lloyds Financials Ltd - (PDF)       


The implementation of any CDM project is risky, whether on a regulatory or an operational standpoint.  Mitigating the risks is key to the success of any CDM project and those in Africa in particular.  This session will explore the risks and ways in which they are being mitigated and identified by those that implement the projects and/or finance the project / credit purchases.



Putting in place an enabling environment for carbon markets in Africa


15h15 – 16h30 – Room 2


Moderator: Yogesh Vyas, SAOI, Vice President Infrastructure, Private Sector and Regional Integration, African Development Bank (AfDB)


Lloyd John Chingambo, Chief Executive Officer, Lloyds Financials Ltd - (PDF)

Taha Balafrej, Director Environment and Sustainable Development, OCP Group - (PDF)

Brett Jordaan, Broker, Evolution Markets

Durando Ndongsok, Project Manager Africa, First Climate


What does it take to drastically increase the flow of carbon finance to Africa?  What issues are holding investors and project developers back from increasing their activities in host countries with little CDM and voluntary market activity to date? This session will discuss the critical elements that countries and regions need in order to allow the development of a well-functioning carbon market in Africa.



Closing Ceremony


16h30 – 17h00- Room 2




Daniele Violetti, Manager, CDM Process Management Unit & Secretary CDM Executive Board, UNFCCC

H.E. Abdelilah Ben Ryane, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Morocco, Permanent Representative to UNEP and UN Habitat

John Christensen, Head of Centre, UNEP Risoe Center






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