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Why foreign aid for REDD+ implementation does not work here

  • Pungky Widiaryanto

Jakarta   /   Tue, December 18 2012   /  10:34 am

We are willing to pay as long as we can be sure that we are paying for actual emission reductions. Donor countries need credible figures as a basis for asking their parliaments for money for this,” said Norway’s chief negotiator to Point Carbon, when Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation Plus (REDD+) was negotiated in Doha a few weeks ago, according to redd-monitor.org.

In relation to Norway’s commitment of around US$1 billion in assistance under the Letter of Intent (LoI) it signed with Indonesia in 2010, this statement clearly shows Norway will only disburse the rest of the funds ($800 million) if Indonesia can reduce carbon emissions. The initial funding of about $200 million is being used to prepare the REDD+ initiative, to be formulated by the REDD+ task force.

As we may be aware, every year the Forestry Ministry spends about $600 million...