I’ve spent the last year at CGD working with a team of experts to figure out how to encourage more funders to pay tropical forest countries for results in reducing deforestation. My CGD colleagues Jonah Busch and Frances Seymour have done extensive research that documents that forests are critical for development and to combat climate change. And paying forest countries for performance – actual results in reducing deforestation – can provide an essential incentive and can complement funding for inputs, as reflected in CGD’s Cash-on-Delivery aid research.
CGD Policy Blogs
Is better good enough? When it comes to climate change, Andrew Steer, President and CEO of the World Resources Institute, says probably not.
This is one of a series of CGD blogs on tweaks to the SDG targets.
Poor Goal 15. Forced to accommodate terrestrial ecosystems, forests, desertification, land degradation, and biodiversity, it has the longest title among the SDGs. It is one of the only goals that is too long to tweet.
Expanding economic prosperity while avoiding dangerous climate change is perhaps the defining challenge of the 21st century. So I’m glad to see that the draft Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) include a goal for climate. But I’m puzzled by a pretty fundamental omission. While the draft SDGs list targets for adapting to climate change, and educating people about climate change, and even mobilizing serious money in response to climate change, there’s not actually a target for, ahem, preventing climate change.
This week, World Resources Institute’s Global Forest Watch released new data showing that Indonesia’s deforestation rate declined significantly in 2013. Based on satellite imagery analysis conducted by a team at the University of Maryland, Indonesia lost just over a million hectares of tree cover of in 2013, compared to double that the previous year.