The UNFCCC secretariat has produced five ‘broadcast-ready’ radio stories for dissemination to radio
stations in Africa. These stories are meant to make the CDM understandable and accessible to a broad audience,
including community stakeholders, potential project participants and policy makers. If you would like to receive
these radio packages in broadcast quality please send an email to
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The benefits of CDM
CDM projects can help local communities in Africa by providing opportunities for sustainable development,
creating employment or increased economic activity, improving air quality, and transferring technology.
CDM projects can also earn credits that are tradable and saleable.
In Nigeria, firewood consumption has led to severe deforestation and desertification. Highly efficient wood stoves are
helping to tackle this problem. Households are saving money, youth are finding employment, and time that used to be spent
collecting wood is now going to income generation.
Families in Kuyasa, a low-income informal settlement in the Khayelitsha township, have not only managed to cut
their electricity costs, but are also doing their bit to reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions.
This waste-to-energy project will collect and treat 200,000 tonnes of urban waste annually using anaerobic digesters.
The resulting biogas will be used to produce electricity, while residual waste will be transformed into compost.
This fuel switch project reduces fossil fuel use and brings additional benefits, such as the
long-term sustainability of the local paper mill and economic improvement in the area where the project is located.