Within the Clean Development Mechanism under the Kyoto Protocol, emission reduction projects in developing countries can qualify to earn credits, or Certified Emissions Reductions (CERs), for tonnes of CO2e reduced or sequestered. For a project to be submitted to the CDM Executive Board for registration as a CDM project it must first be approved by the Designated National Authority (DNA) in its country of operation.


The designation of a national authority for the CDM is a requirement for a country’s participation in the mechanism. The main task of the DNA is to assess potential CDM projects and determine whether they will help the country in reaching its sustainable development goals. Since the DNA’s focal point is on the approval process for potential CDM projects, it is crucial that they are constantly informed and updated on climate change, carbon project development and carbon market issues.


ACCE has been asked by the UNFCCC’s African DNA Forum to establish a knowledge-sharing hub for all African DNAs. This page will be regularly updated with relevant information both about and for the DNAs, and through the Green Knowledge Institute (GKI) ACCE will train African DNAs on climate, carbon and project development issues. In facilitating skill development and information-sharing ACCE looks to enhance the role and capacity of DNAs to support project developers in their respective countries – thereby enhancing the potential for African projects to access CDM registration and carbon market revenues.