Environmental policy-makers and stakeholders from the non-governmental, academic and private sectors convened in The Hague, The Netherlands from 26 July to 6 August 2010 as part of the second ICAP Summer School for Emerging and Developing Countries. The intensive two-week training event, designed and organised by the Ecologic Institute on behalf of and in collaboration with the International Carbon Action Partnership (ICAP), provided insights into the complexities of emissions trading systems to enable participants' countries to harmonise their environmental policies for full participation in a future global carbon market.
Targeted toward 25 to 30 carefully selected policy makers and other stakeholders from the nongovernmental, academic and private sectors, the course conveyed an in-depth understanding of emissions trading as an instrument to mitigate greenhouse gases, and build capacity on the technical design and implementation of carbon trading systems. Participation was intended for policy makers who are or will be involved in deciding on, designing and implementing emissions trading systems, as well as other stakeholders from the nongovernmental, academic and private sectors from emerging and developing countries. Participants were selected based on defined criteria that took into account a balanced mixture of professional backgrounds and regions.