Norway's International Climate and Forest Initiative (NICFI)
Through its International Climate and Forest Initiative, the Norwegian government aims at supporting efforts to slow, reduce and eventually halt greenhouse gas emissions resulting from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries (REDD+). As the world fights to avoid dangerous climate change, REDD+ is gaining recognition as one of the timeliest, most significant and most cost-effective tools at our disposal.The Norwegian Climate and Forest Initiative has the following key objectives:
- To contribute to the international climate agreement under the UN Framework Convention for Climate Change (UNFCCC) being an efficient means for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation
- To contribute to early actions for measurable emission reductions from deforestation and forest degradation
- To promote the conservation of primary forests, due to their particular importance as carbon stores and for their biological diversity.
The application process consists of two stages.
(1) Submission of a 5-page concept note, and
(2) a full project document for invited applicants that have been selected based on the concept note.
Concept notes are currently being accepted, and should describe the essence of the project. The format of the concept note can be found here.
Norway has pledged up to NOK 3 billion a year to reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries.