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International forest-related climate finance

As of: March 2021

Forests are complex ecosystems, which fulfil many functions. They also have a major global role to play as carbon sinks. The project improves the effectiveness of climate financing approaches that have a positive impact on forest conservation. Capacities are also being increased in partner countries to reduce emissions from forest and land use. The project pursues three active approaches aimed at achieving more climate protection through the strengthening of the forests: At the international level, the issue of climate financing is better positioned and more private involvement in this area is encouraged. The cooperation of the stakeholders is also improved, with the result that forest-relevant climate financing is more effectively implemented and the goals of the New York Declaration on Forests are achieved more effectively. In addition, donors are better coordinated and are responsible for climate financing and the transfer of knowledge from project activities.

State of implementation/results

  • Organization and implementation of numerous technical events, among others on the role of natural carbon sinks, forest and landscape restoration, the environmental integrity of forest-relevant standards in carbon markets, the measurement of forest land change and the role of integrated approaches ("nesting") in forest protection.
  • Organization of various meetings of the GER-NOR-UK donor partnership on Forests & Climate Finance to promote policy dialogue and coordination.
  • Support to the governments of Germany, Norway and the United Kingdom in the development of a Joint Declaration on Forest Protection with Colombia.
  • Ongoing support for the governments of GER and NOR regarding the forest-related climate cooperation with Peru through studies as well as coordination meetings and policy dialogues.
  • Organization as well as technical support of events such as the presentation of the report of the Food and Land Use Coalition (FOLU) "Transformation of Food and Land Use Systems for Climate and Biodiversity Protection and Sustainable Development" in 02/2020 in Berlin.
  • Support of innovative methods to track deforestation in agricultural supply chains: Investigations of deforestation risks for investors and visualization of deforestation by means of stakeholder analyses in supply chains.
  • Publication of articles, among others on the role of China and the EU in promoting deforestation-free supply chains (Econet Monitor 08/2020) and on forest-relevant quality standards in carbon markets.

Project data

Brazil, Colombia, Indonesia, Peru

Implementing organisation:
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

BMU grant:
3.500.000,00 €

05/2018  till  04/2021


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