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Publication / 28 January 2010

Dutch Foreign Policy and Climate Change: Meeting the Challenges

Both ENDS has been addressing issues of climate change since 2000. In the early days, our focus was directed at enhancing the sustainable development impact of the Clean Development Mechanism. We monitored Dutch investments under the CDM, actively lobbied against unsustainable projects, and advocated the so-called `gold standard'. CDM is still a relevant issue in today's policy debate, but the discussions on emission reduction (mitigation) measures and related financing mechanisms are broadening. 

Since 2003, we have expanded our work into the sphere of adaptation. Here, our main concerns are to demonstrate the fact that local communities are already experiencing the consequences of climate change, and to illustrate how they are currently adapting. 

Thus Both ENDS has been documenting, in close cooperation with colleague organisations in the South, experiences of local communities in developing countries in adapting to the impacts of climate change, resulting in policy recommendations to policy makers and climate experts engaged in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) process.

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