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JI Supervisory Committee Adopts Revised Procedures for Determinations, Verifications and Appraisals

UNFCCC22 June 20112: The report of the 25th meeting of the Joint Implementation (JI) Supervisory Committee (JISC), which was held from 21-22 June 2011 in Bonn, Germany, is now available on the JI website. The JISC is responsible for matters relating to the operation of JI.

At the meeting, the JISC considered, among other things: the accreditation of independent entities; matters relating to determination and verification reports; the management plan and resources for the work on JI; and relations of the JISC with stakeholders, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). In response to a mandate from the sixth session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Protocol (COP/MOP 6), on matters relating to determination and verification reports, the JISC agreed to the revised “Procedures on public availability of documents under the verification procedure under the Joint Implementation Supervisory Committee,” the revised “Procedures for reviews under the verification procedure under the Joint Implementation Supervisory Committee,” and the revised “Procedures for appraisals of determinations under the verification procedure under the Joint Implementation Supervisory Committee.”

The revised determination procedures encourage accredited independent entities (AIEs) to finalize determinations regarding project design documents (PDDs) within three months after the 30-day public commenting period of the PDDs and requests them to provide updated information on the status of their determination activities regarding these PDDs on a six-monthly basis. The JISC also requested AIEs to provide to the Secretariat an initial report of the status of their determination activities, for which determinations have not yet been submitted or withdrawn, by 15 August 2011. The revised verification procedures include an electronic decision-making process in the review of determinations and the Secretariat's preparation of a summary of information to the JISC for each review case. The revised appraisals procedures replace the requirement for two JISC members/alternate members to appraise determinations and verifications, with the requirement for two independent technical experts to conduct these appraisals and the Secretariat to prepare a summary of appraisals. [Joint Implementation Supervisory Committee 25th Meeting Report]