This 12-page background paper from the David Suzuki Foundation, World Wildlife Fund Canada and Greenpeace Canada was published in November 2003. The paper urges Canada to support effective rules under the Kyoto Protocol for forestry projects in developing countries. Its recommendations for the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) include:
- A requirement that all projects be subject to a standard environmental and socio-economic impact analysis and monitoring.
- Verification methods to ensure carbon credits for CDM Sinks are real and 'additional'.
- A system for temporary credits because carbon stored in forests is not permanent when they are destroyed by fire, insect infestation or clear cutting.
- Maintaining 1990 as the base year for sink projects.