Climate change, poverty and development

Climate change will most likely create negative changes in living conditions for large parts of the world population, and may come to undermine the results of decades of development cooperation, especially in rural areas in poor countries.

On a global scale, ambitious efforts on climate and development are necessary sides of the same coin.The Climate and Forest Initiative (NICFI) integrates development aspects in the global REDD + efforts.

People in poor communities with low resilience for rapid changes in the environment are most vulnerable. While a stable climate seems conducive to development, an unstable and gradually warmer climate make life in the agriculture-dependent rural poor countries difficult. The same applies to communities along many of the world's coasts, where rising sea levels will threaten human livelihoods and residential areas.

The economic consequences of climate change may also create and expedite social unrest and conflicts in resource-poor countries and create challenges for governance and democracy, especially in fragile states. At a global and regional level, climate change create security challenges. Overall a deteriorating climate crisis change the prerequisites for development policy in the negative direction.

Through a targeted and climate sensitive development policy we can both help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while helping developing countries' ability to handle inevitable climate change. Assistance to the development of strategies and measures for green growth, including in cooperation with the private sector, is one example. Assistance to the development of capacity to produce clean energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture and deforestation are different.

Progress in efforts to reduce deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries requires that climate and development policy seen in context - that it creates interaction between climate and development, such as inserts for better governance in the forestry sector. Not only is the potential and benefits of interactions between climate and development major. In a global scale is ambitious climate and development necessary sides of the same coin. Therefore the climate and forest initiative integrates development aspects in the global REDD + efforts.
 
Norway's International Climate and forest initiative partners with major forest countries such as Brazil, Indonesia, Colombia, Ethiopia and Guyana, Liberia and Peru.