21 August 2014
The UN and World Bank are the big winners from an international programme to combat deforestation, a report commissioned by Norway’s government has found.
It warned that the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) scheme, which channels millions of dollars to forest protection, is inefficient and overly bureaucratic.
Norway set aside US$3.3 billion for forest protection efforts between 2008 and 2013, but so far only $1.7 billion of that pot has been used.
“There is a danger that the growing perception that the main beneficiaries of REDD+ will be the multilateral institutions and large civil society organisations involved in processes will be found to be true,” the report, compiled by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD) said.
Data released with the report show the three main bodies charged with distributing money, the World Bank’s Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF), the Forest Investment Program (FIP) and UN-REDD, all received significantly larger financial sums than were originally promised.
Read more from Responding to Climate Change
Read the report