First workshop on cleandevelopment mechanism [Archives:2005/815/Community]

February 10 2005

Ismail Al-Ghabiri
Environment Protection Authority (EPA) organized on February 8-9, 2005, in Sana'a the first workshop on the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) in collaboration with the UNEP. The workshop lasted for two days in which over 35 participants partook from governmental bodies, NGOs and research establishments including Yemeni universities. In the opening ceremony, Eng. Mahmoud Shidiwah, President of the EPA, talked about the importance of the workshop which is the “first of its kind to be held in Yemen.” He said that Kuto Agreement on Climatic Change, ratified by Yemen, will come into application mid February, 2005. He thanked the UN for its help to Yemen in the environmental realm.

Dr. Sami Kamal, of the Denmark-based UNEP, indicated that CDM is a collaborative means established under Kuto Protocol. “It has the capacity to push forward the developing countries to achieve sustainable development through environment-friendly investments implemented by the governments of the industrial countries and the private sector.”

He added: “Kuto Agreement will go into practice at the middle of the current month which will give a strong impetus to the CDM and the opportunity to be applied in the developing countries all over the world.”

He stated that Yemen has the potentiality to be one of the pioneering countries in the Middle East in terms of attracting CDM projects and achieving this goal.

The workshop aims to introduce the corporate prerequisites and provide an elaborate explanation on how to apply CDM projects, that is, through training locals to be able to implement and supervise CDM projects.