PRINCIPAL SECRETARY of the Housing and Environment and director general of EPCO PD Meena on Saturday stressed the urgency of coming up with approvable CDM projects at the earliest.
Inaugurating the one-day workshop, the PS said since the last date of getting CDM projects approved from the CDM executive board of the United Nations was December 2007, interested agencies in Madhya Pradesh would have to take urgent steps in envisaging the projects and getting their project design documents (PDDs) finalised.
He said five sectors – forestry, municipal corporations, urban development, energy and transport – had been identified as the target sectors in which there was a huge potential for CDM projects.
The workshop emphasised on four points in this regard – need for sensitisation of policy and decision making agencies including politicians, sensitisation of concerning department for mutual networking, establishing EPCO website to contain CDM related information and formulation of sector specific PDDs.
CDM expert S K Joshi gave details about the process of CDM project initiation and approval. It was mentioned that out of the 1300 CDMs proposed by country, only 11 are from Madhya Pradesh. Pamposh Bhatt of GTZ-CDM India spoke on India’s position in international carbon market, while Anurag Mishra of ICLEI spoke on potential of CDM projects in Madhya Pradesh.
Senior officials of various departments were present including director of the Indian Institute of Forest Management Prof D K Bandopadhyaya and director of the rural planning department Dipti Gaur Mukherjee.