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Published on 17/06/2015

From Bonn: Forests – A Consultation With No Answers

On Monday 8 June, the Permanent Committee on Funding and France organised an event running parallel to the Bonn climate negotiations so as to make progress in coordinating world funding for forest protection, in particular the REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) mechanism. An informal consultation brought together over a hundred delegates and observers as well as three international funding donors: The World Bank (FCPF), The Global Environment Facility (GEF) and The Green Fund.

The session was a disappointing one for the country representatives as well as the observers who had come to share their national experiences with international institutions. The representatives of the three funding donors indeed left the room together 30 minutes into the presentation and after a few questions (concerning in particular the lack of dialogue), leaving the meeting’s organisers to record – during the remaining hour – the contributions from Panama, Colombia, Brazil, the DRC, Guyana, Ghana, Papua New-Guinea, Switzerland and international NGOs. Among the feedback: the low-level responses from the funding donors, the lack of clarity and coordination, the inclusion of developing countries, the length and complexity of procedures, and for the Latin American countries the fear of the World Bank’s powerful influence over theGreen Fund.
A difficult coordination for forests, except unfortunately during this event, to the detriment of the participants.