What is the CDM-SSC-AR-PDD?

The project design document (PDD) is the key document involved in the validation and registration of a CDM project activity. It is one of the three documents required for a CDM project to be registered, along with the validation report from the designated operational entity (DOE) and the letter of approval from the designated national authority (DNA).

The PDD is reviewed by the DOE during the validation process to ensure that a project meets the requirements for validation. The PDD is also used as the basis of consultation with stakeholders, which is conducted by making the PDD and related documentation publicly available on the UNFCCC website.

The project design document is then included in the request for registration which is submitted by the DOE to the Executive Board.

The Simplified modalities and procedures for small-scale CDM A/R projects in the first commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol outline the information required in a PDD for small-scale A/R projects in Appendix A to the Annex :

The purpose of this appendix is to outline the information required in the project design document for small-scale afforestation and reforestation project activities under the clean development mechanism (CDM). A project activity shall be described in detail in a project design document, taking into account the provisions for small-scale afforestation and reforestation project activities under the CDM as set out in the present annex, in particular in its section C on validation and registration and in its section D on monitoring. The description shall include the following:

  1. A description of the small-scale afforestation or reforestation project activity under the CDM comprising the project purpose; a technical description of the project activity, including species and varieties selected and how technology and know-how will be transferred, if appropriate; a description of the physical location and boundaries of the project activity; and a specification of the gases whose emissions will be part of the project activity
  2. A description of the present environmental conditions of the area including a description of climate, hydrology, soils, ecosystems, and the possible presence of rare or endangered species and their habitats
  3. A description of legal title to the land, rights of access to the sequestered carbon, and current land tenure and land use
  4. Carbon pools selected, as well as transparent and verifiable information, in accordance with paragraph 21 of the modalities and procedures for afforestation and reforestation project activities under the CDM
  5. A statement of which baseline and monitoring methodologies in appendix B have been selected
  6. A description of how the simplified baseline methodology in appendix B will be applied in the context of the small-scale afforestation or reforestation project activity
  7. Measures to be implemented to minimize potential leakage, as applicable
  8. The start date for the project activity, with justification, and the choice of crediting periods during which the project activity is expected to result in net anthropogenic greenhouse gas removals by sinks
  9. A statement of which approach for addressing non-permanence was selected in accordance with paragraph 38 of the modalities and procedures for afforestation and reforestation project activities under the CDM
  10. A description of how the actual net greenhouse gas removals by sinks are increased above the sum of the changes in carbon stocks in the carbon pools within the project boundary that would have occurred in the absence of the registered small-scale afforestation or reforestation project activity under the CDM
  11. Environmental impacts of the project activity:
    1. Documentation on the analysis of the environmental impacts, including impacts on biodiversity and natural ecosystems, and impacts outside the project boundary, of the proposed small-scale afforestation or reforestation project activity under the CDM. This analysis should include, where applicable, information on, inter alia, hydrology, soils, risk of fires, pests and diseases
    2. If any negative impact is considered significant by the project participants or the host Party, a statement that project participants have undertaken an environmental impact assessment adequate to scale, in accordance with the procedures required by the host Party, including conclusions and all references to support documentation
  12. Socio-economic impacts of the project activity:
    1. Documentation on the analysis of the socio-economic impacts, including impacts outside the project boundary, of the proposed small-scale afforestation or reforestation project activity under the CDM. This analysis should include, where applicable, information on, inter alia, local communities, indigenous peoples, land tenure, local employment, food production, cultural and religious sites, and access to fuelwood and other forest products
    2. If any negative impact is considered significant by the project participants or the host Party, a statement that project participants have undertaken a socio-economic impact assessment adequate to scale, in accordance with the procedures required by the host Party, including conclusions and all references to support documentation
  13. A description of planned monitoring and remedial measures to address significant impacts referred to in paragraph 1 (k) (ii) and (l) (ii) above
  14. Information on sources of public funding for the project activity from Annex I Parties which shall provide an affirmation that such funding does not result in a diversion of official development assistance and is separate from and is not counted towards the financial obligations of those Parties
  15. Stakeholder comments, including a brief description of the process, a summary of the comments received, and a report on how due account was taken of any comments received
  16. A description of how the simplified monitoring methodology of appendix B will be applied in the context of the small-scale afforestation or reforestation project activity under the CDM (6/CMP.1, Annex, Appendix A, paragraph 1).

The Executive Board introduced General guidelines for sampling and surveys for small-scale CDM project activities at its 50th meeting (EB 50, Annex 30). PDDs utilising sampling for determination of parameter values to calculate emission reductions are to include a sampling plan describing the sampling approach, important assumptions, and the justification for selecting the chosen approach (EB 50, Annex 30, para 2). These guidelines set out procedures, sampling application guidance, and sampling plan documentation.

Project participants are required to submit a CDM-SSC-AR-PDD in this format:

Project participants shall prepare a project design document in accordance with the format specified in appendix A (6/CMP.1, Annex, paragraph 5).

The most recent version of the Guidelines for completing the simplified PDD for small-scale A/R projects (CDM-SSC-AR-PDD) is contained in EB 74 Annex 10.

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What is a baseline? (SSC A/R)

What is additionality? (SSC A/R)

What is a methodology? (SSC A/R)

What is a letter of approval? (SSC A/R)

Designated operational entity (DOE)

Stakeholders

Project boundary (SSC A/R)

Crediting period (SSC A/R)

Large-scale PDD (CDM-PDD)

Small-scale PDD (CDM-SSC-PDD)

Forestry PDD (CDM-AR-PDD)

Programme of Activities Design Document (CDM-POA-PDD)

CDM Programme Activity Design Document (CDM-CPA-PDD)