Saturday, January 25, 2020

Questions whether Norway’s billions have saved any tropical rainforest

Having monitored global REDD initiatives since 2008, writer and environmental activist Chris Lang questions whether Norway’s aid-financed climate forest initiative - the largest in the world - has contributed to reducing rates of deforestation.  

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In an opinion article in this issue of Development Today, Lang cites new research from the University of Maryland, showing that deforestation in Indonesia is on the rise. There are a number of tentative signs of progress, but with the exception of a new REDD+ agency, Lang argues, none of them is part of the Indonesia-Norway REDD deal.

He writes further that in Brazil, the other key country in Norway’s REDD effort, where deforestation has been dramatically reduced, it is impossible to say that the positive developments are linked to REDD.

“More than seven years on, REDD is neither cheap nor quick,” he writes. Read Chris Lang’s critique of the Norwegian rainforest billions project.