EU ups its tropical forest-related aid

28 April 2015

With the chill of austerity still biting across Europe in the wake of 2008’s economic crash, arguments around overseas aid have become increasingly shrill. Demands for it to be cut and for the money to be spent on domestic public services have grown louder.

Against this backdrop of narrowing horizons and growing insularity, it’s surprising then to discover that European Overseas Development Assistance (ODA) on tropical forests has actually risen over the past few years.

For those fighting to protect the world’s dwindling tropical forests and the rights of the people who survive off them, a new study commissioned by Fern reveals European forest-related aid has increased more than three-fold in 10 years: from $140 million in  2002, to $532 million in 2012.

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