The Green Climate Fund (GCF) is considering ways in which it could help countries to reach their climate change commitments through investments in forestry.

Participants from developing and developed countries took part in a “ground-breaking” workshop in Bali where they brainstormed how the GCF could make the most of progress in developing countries to address climate change by protecting their forests.

The workshop discussions explored funding opportunities, but also helped to spread knowledge about the initiative REDD+.

REDD+, a programme works to reduce emissions from deforestation and promote conversation and sustainability, refers to a UN-moderated process which gives developing countries money for “achieving emissions reductions from deforestation and forest degradation and to conserve and enhance carbon sinks”.

Yolando Velasco, a climate finance and capacity building manager with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, highlighted how the workshop provided clarity on issues surrounding REDD+ finance, and pointed to the key role REDD+ is now playing globally in the new landscape of climate cooperation under the Paris Agreement, both in terms of financing and more general advice.

However, as well as the positive response to the workshop, some worried that there was a lack of funding in the REDD+ scheme. Tosi Mpanu-Mpanu, who works in the Prime Minister’s office of the Democratic Republic of Congo, and who is also a GCF board member and GCF REDD+ champion, said: “A lack of funding certainty is a killer when it comes to REDD+.”

“If we don’t have certainty, how can we embark on a long-term endeavour such as REDD+, when there are other development areas demanding attention such as health, infrastructure and security?”

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