Designated National Authority

A Designated National Authority (DNA) is a government office or ministry sub-section that provides approval at national level for CDM projects. In host countries, DNAs must assess projects according to legal requirements and ‘sustainable development’ criteria before issuing a Letter of Approval. There is no common definition of sustainable development, however, and these checks are generally easy to pass – not least because many DNAs also perceive their role as one of encouraging further project investment.

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