Real-Time Evaluation of Norway’s International Climate and Forest Initiative

Launched in 2007, Norway’s International Climate and Forest Initiative (NICFI) supports efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions resulting from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries known as REDD+.

Supporting the measurement, reporting, and verification (MVR) of emissions from forests in relation to REDD+ is part of the core work of NICFI. Under the United Nations Framework Convention for Climate Change (UNFCCC), developing countries are to receive payments based on results achieved in reducing emissions through this scheme.

According to authors of this report, the scope of the evaluation is the NICFI MRV work track, which consists of four primary areas of support:

  • bilateral support through agreements with REDD+ countries (Tanzania, Guyana, Indonesia, Mexico, Ethiopia, Vietnam and Brazil1); 
  • multilateral support through the United Nations Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (UN-REDD), Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) funding allocated to national MRV and reference level establishment, support to the Group on Earth Observations’ (GEO) Forest Carbon Tracking (FCT) initiative and to the Global Forest Observation Initiative (GFOI);
  • activities focused on MRV and reference levels in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) climate change negotiations (submissions to the UNFCCC, participation in UNFCCC meetings and workshops, the development of the Norwegian position, commissioning of ‘consensus building’ research); 
  • smaller scale of funding to MRV activities provided through grant schemes such as the Norad-managed Civil Society Support Scheme on REDD+.

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