Interview: Norwegian Climate Minister Ola Elvestuen

Norway doubles down on climate forest aid as deforestation continues to rise

A decade has passed since Norway became the world’s largest forest donor. In an interview with Development Today, Climate Minister Ola Elvestuen sheds light on the status of the multi-billion-dollar climate forest programme in key recipient countries.

Indonesia: only technical obstacles now stand in the way of Norway starting to release performance-based payments, possibly by 2020.

Guyana: Norway has stopped pushing the Amalia Falls hydropower dam, rainforest aid will now fund solar power plants.

Brazil: Elvestuen shifts the Norwegian narrative, admitting it is impossible to say to what degree rainforest payments have contributed to reduced deforestation.

Norwegian Climate Minister Ola Elvestuen
Photo: Climate Ministry

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