Brazil and Norway Extends Groundbreaking Climate and Forest Partnership

The Governments of Brazil and Norway agreed today that they will extend their climate and forest partnership until 2020, further increasing ambition on reducing deforestation and forest degradation in line with Brazil's stated goals.

The first phase of their results-based partnership, which has been in place since 2008, has seen Norway contribute 1 billion USD to Brazil's Amazon Fund in recognition of Brazil's massive reductions of deforestation in its Amazon region. This partnership has recently been described by UN Secretary-General Ban-Ki Moon as "an outstanding example of the kind of international collaboration we need to ensure the future sustainability of our planet".

President Dilma Rousseff declared that “Brazil´s INDC marks the first time a major developing country commits to an economy-wide, absolute reduction of emissions, which represents a major political signal for the global response to climate change. We are enhancing our commitmments for a low carbon economy based on sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, forest restoration and reforestation, and eliminate illegal deforestation, all to reduce emissions but most importantly to fulfill our goal to reduce poverty and provide better lives for millions of our fellow Brazilians. The Amazon Fund and the support from the Norwegian people are in essence the realization of this goal.»

"Brazil's reductions in Amazon deforestation ranks among the most important climate change and sustainable development efforts of the last decade. We are proud to have been Brazil's partner since 2008, and are delighted now to extend that partnership to 2020. Together with our German partners, we do this in recognition of both Brazil's impressive results so far and its admirably high ambitions for the future. Given continued Brazilian performance in meeting those ambitions, we will maintain our financial support at current levels1 until 2020", stated Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg.

Please read the joint press statement here (pdf)