UN fund pays Indonesia for forest protection as deforestation spikes
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Campaigners accuse the Green Climate Fund of letting governments game the UN's Redd+ forest protection scheme, as Indonesia is awarded $103m
A letter to GCF board members signed by 85 civil society groups, including 15 from Indonesia, called it “shameful” for the board to reward governments “that continue to heavily engage in and promote large-scale deforestation”.
This week, the Green Climate Fund rewarded Indonesia with $103 million for avoiding emissions from deforestation between 2014 and 2016. But efforts to halt forest loss are not being sustained. In fact, deforestation has spiked during the pandemic.
Civil society groups and some GCF board members warned countries have been allowed to cherry-pick data to make the results on paper look better than the reality on the ground.
Governments are gaming a UN-backed programme intended to protect valuable forests and claiming payment amid rising deforestation.
That was the charge put by campaigners as the Green Climate Fund approved $103 million of funding to Indonesia at a virtual board meeting this week.
Professor Mark Maslin
Governments are gaming a UN-backed programme intended to protect valuable forests and claiming payment amid rising deforestation. The Green Climate Fund just approved $103 million funding to Indonesia while deforestation rates increase.
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