making the carbon market work for poor communities


Expert Carbon Team strengthens FCN SA
FCN SA made a huge breakthrough by securing a contract to establish a Carbon Team, which will be one of the pillars of a sustainable Fair Climate Network Southern Africa. ICCO is one of the founding members of the FCN SA and regards the network as a perfect instrument to set up projects that combat climate change and fight poverty.

The Carbon Team has two main activities:

  1. Capacity Building. The Carbon Team builds capacity of FCN SA member organisations in the field of project identification, design and registration. It also assists NGOs with the preparation for implementation and monitoring. This includes skills that are necessary from an organisational perspective, such as financial and legal skills.
  2. Project registration. The team registers projects with the specific standard that matches the context and project type best, such as Gold Standard (GS), Climate, Community & Biodiversity (CCB), or the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS). The team will be responsible for registration procedures, such as production of the Project Identification Note (PIN), Project Design Document (PDD) and the first monitoring report.

The Carbon Team exists to assist the NGO, that remains responsible for the necessary field activities. The local NGO is 'project owner', which means that it implements the actual project and remains owner of the carbon credits. The Carbon Team acts as 'project developer', which means that it registers the projects. The developer and the owner need to collaborate closely to be successful.

For more information about ICCO's activities in Southern Africa, check
Posted on 04 Jul 2013
Capacity Building workshop Madagascar
FCN SA organised a capacity building workshop in Madagascar in November 2012. The objectives of this workshop were to educate NGOs about climate change and carbon markets, to discuss how local communities and projects can benefit from access to carbon finance and to train NGOs on project identification.
More than 25 NGOs learned how to identify, design and register carbon projects. Documentation in French and English is available in the download centre, including the slides of all presentations.

Posted on 21 Nov 2012

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Gold Standard Capacity Building Workshop

The Fair Climate Network Southern Africa (FCN SA), The Civil Society Network on Climate Change (CISONECC) and The Gold Standard organise

Gold Standard capacity building workshop
'Making the carbon market work for the poor'
24 and 25 April 2012, Lilongwe, Malawi.


• To educate NGOs about climate change and carbon markets and discuss how local communities and projects can benefit from access to carbon finance;
• To show how NGOs can work with Gold Standard and FCN SA;
• To train NGOs on the Gold Standard certification, with special attention to most relevant steps for an NGO, such as stakeholder consultation;
• To identify potential projects that can be taken further with the assistance of the FCN SA.

Workshop overview (preliminary program)

Day 1: Tuesday 24 April (8.00–17.30)
Climate Change. Importance of climate change for the poor in Africa, possibilities to mitigate.
Carbon market. The markets, how carbon trading works, principle of offsetting. Focus on the Voluntary Carbon Market, the need for standards, project types.
Gold Standard: what is it, what is a GS project? What is eligible? What is GS doing in (Southern) Africa? Roles of NGOs & the Fair Climate Network.
Best practice: an example of a Voluntary Gold Standard project.
Project identification. How to identify a project? What skills and expertise is needed at NGO level?
Break out groups: what potential do you see for projects?

Day 2: Wednesday 25 April (08.00–13.00)
Project cycle: The simplified Gold Standard project cycle.
• Stakeholder consultation. Background, how to organise, tips and tricks, do’s and dont’s.
Do-No-Harm Assessment. Background, why important, how to perform.
Break out groups: revise and further develop most promising projects.
Plenary reporting from break out groups.

More information and registration:

Organisations can register for this workshop by first sending an email to

The workshop will take place at the Pacific Hotel in Lilongwe, see .

There is no cost to attend the workshop. Lunch (first day), dinner (first day) and drinks will be provided. Attendees will need to pay for their own travel and accommodation.

For more information, please contact:
Jaap de Jong,
Heba Rabie or
Chisimphika Mphande

The Fair Climate Network Southern Africa (FCN SA) assists organisations to implement carbon projects for the sustainable development of poor communities. The Civil Society Network on Climate Change (CISONECC) wants to develop communities resilient to the impact of climate change.

The Gold Standard is an award winning climate finance framework used by low carbon projects to verify that they are benchmarks for quality, rigour and ethics, in reducing CO2 emissions and contributing to sustainable development.  
Posted on 23 Mar 2012
First Workshop of the FCN SA

Workshop Fair Climate Network Southern Africa: 24 and 25 November 2011

The first workshop of the Fair Climate Network Southern Africa which will be held in Pretoria on 24 and 25 November 2011.

The objectives of this workshop are:
1) The launch of the Fair Climate Network Southern Africa
2) Identification of potential pro-poor fair climate carbon projects
3) Workshops on institutional and organisational topics of the network

This workshop brings together organisations that represent all the key factors that are necessary for a successful carbon project, such as grassroots NGOs, financial institutions, knowledge & research institutions, and carbon specialists.

Who will be there?

Organisations from different countries in Southern Africa, Europe and India:

  • Grassroots organisations and carbon project implementers, such as NGOs and consultancies
  • Climate and carbon experts
  • International NGOs from Africa and Europe
  • Financial institutions and carbon credit buyers, such as banks and funds
  • Knowledge institutions, such as universities and R&D organisations
  • Bodies with strong roots in communities, such as church organisations

Confirmed participants are ICCO Southern Africa and Madagascar, The Fair Climate Fund, Climate Neutral Group (The Netherlands), Hoarec (Horn of Africa), Worldvision, the Nova Institute, the Africa Institute of South Africa, Operaf, University of Pretoria, University of Johannesburg, Farmer Support Group, Lamosa, (South Africa), Christian Aid (Malawi), and other (international and local) NGOs.

Posted on 14 Oct 2011

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