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.