Building resilience
to climate change
Moving towards
low carbon societies
Reducing Emissions
from Deforestation
and forest Degradation
New finance models
for the green economy


An important component of the expertise enhancement offered by the CASCADe project is the organisation of workshops, both at the country level for each of the seven target countries of the project and at the regional level.

Country Workshops

In each of the target countries, an Introductory Carbon Finance Workshop and an Advanced Carbon Finance Workshop are scheduled.

The Introductory Carbon Finance Workshop targets primarily existing and potential local carbon finance project developers but financial institutions, Designated National Authorities and key stakeholders of the agriculture, forest and bioenergy sectors also participate. The workshop is organised around a three day-training session where participants discuss various carbon finance project issues, followed by a two-day session where project developers are offered individual support for the preparation of their own projects.

At the end of the workshop project developers are invited to participate at the National Call for Projects, a tender selecting a small number of projects which are offered individual long term technical support.

The issues covered by the Introductory Carbon Finance Workshop typically include: basics of the CDM and the voluntary carbon market, the carbon finance project cycle with a focus on PIN and PDD development, detailed introduction to relevant approved forestry/agricultural sectoral CDM methodologies, overview of main challenges such as additionality, baseline methodologies, scenarios, and applicability conditions, dealing with leakage and risk of non-permanence, common barriers for small-scale forestry and bio methodologies.

The Advanced Carbon Finance Workshop is organised approximately one year after the Introductory Carbon Finance Workshop to help local project developers in the advanced stages of their project development with an intensive, hands-on training session. Project developers have the opportunity to present their projects to invited carbon buyers and local financial institutions and receive comprehensive technical feedback.

Dates of national workshops

Introductory Workshop Advanced workshop
Benin October/November 2008 (to be confirmed) End 2009-Early 2010
Cameroon 2-6 July 2008 End 2009-Early 2010
Gabon October/November 2008 (to be confirmed) End 2009-Early 2010
Madagascar October/November 2008 (to be confirmed) End 2009-Early 2010
Mali October/November 2008 (to be confirmed) End 2009-Early 2010
Democratic Republic of Congo October/November 2008 (to be confirmed) End 2009-Early 2010
Senegal 8-12 September 2008 End 2009-Early 2010

Regional Workshops

In order to disseminate beyond the target country borders the expertise generated by the CASCADe programme and facilitate replication and regional cooperation, regional workshops will be organised in the course of 2009 in collaboration with the Comité Permanent Inter-Etats de Lutte contre la Secheresse (CILSS) and the Commission des Forêts d'Afrique Centrale (COMIFAC).