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Research Paper
Published online: May 30, 2011

Legal Issues for Implementing the Clean Development Mechanism in China

Xiaoyi Jiang & Fahui Hao
China Institute of Boundary Studies, China
The China Institute of Boundary Studies, Wuhan 430073 P.R. China.
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The Clean Development Mechanism under the Kyoto Protocol was implemented in China several years ago. In spite of the significant benefits the CDM has brought to China, legal research on the CDM is relatively weak and there are many legal problems with the implementation of CDM projects in China. This article clarifies the legal problems of implementing the CDM in China by exploring and analyzing how to implement CDM projects, the legal relationships involved, CDM-related contracts and various key legal issues. The conclusions drawn from the above discussions could have implications for the future carbon reduction activities in China beyond 2012.

Keywords : CDM, UNFCCC, Climate Change, Legal Relationship, Carbon Reduction

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