Contents of the letter of approval

In the letter of approval, the designated national authority (DNA) must confirm that it has ratified the Kyoto Protocol, that it approves the participation of the project proponents in the project activity, and in the case of the host Party letter of approval, that the project will contribute to sustainable development in that country. These requirements are set out in EB 16, Annex 6:

The designated national authority (DNA) of a Party involved in a proposed CDM project activity shall issue a statement including the following:

  • The country has ratified the Kyoto Protocol.
  • The approval of voluntary participation in the proposed CDM project activity.
  • Host Parties: statement that the proposed CDM project activity contributes to sustainable development (EB 16, Annex 6, paragraph 1).

The Executive Board has also confirmed that Parties cannot give conditional approvals to project participants:

The written approval shall be unconditional with respect to the above (CDM Glossary of Terms, Version 03).

The Executive Board noted in EB 25, paragraph 95 that there had been problems in obtaining complete written approvals from host Parties:

The Board reiterated that DNAs, in preparing a letter of approval, should include all the required elements as requested by the Board and reflected in the Glossary of CDM terms under the term "Approval by Parties involved"3, in particular that: the country has ratified the Kyoto Protocol, the approval of voluntary participation in the proposed CDM project activity and, in cases of host country letter of approval, that the proposed CDM project activity contributes to sustainable development (EB 25, paragraph 95).

However, the Executive Board has decided to retain some flexibility when the ratification status of the host Party was inadvertently omitted from the letter of approval, since this information is available to it anyway (EB 25, paragraph 125).

Related Topics

Designated national authority

Participation Requirements - Host Party (P)

Party involved

Sustainable development

Voluntary participation

Contents of the letter of approval (SSC)

Contents of the letter of approval (A/R)

Contents of the letter of approval (SSC A/R)

Contents of the letter of approval (PoA)