UN funding forest protection in Indonesia, despite rising deforestation rates

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Expansion of oil palm plantations is one of the leading causes of deforestation in Indonesia.

The UN’s Green Climate Fund (GCF) has approved $103 million of funding for forest protection in Indonesia, through the REDD+ programme. However, the Indonesian government promotes and engages in large-scale deforestation, with rates increasing during the pandemic. Therefore, the GCF has received widespread criticism for using inappropriate methodology for calculating avoided emissions and rewarding funding to irresponsible governments.

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