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Total REDD+ Finance Committed:


Total REDD+ Finance Disbursed:


The island of New Guinea, divided between Indonesia and Papua New Guinea (PNG), contains the third largest tract of tropical rainforest on the planet, smaller only than the Amazon and Congo Basins. Papua New Guinea’s forests cover 28-30 million hectares, or approximately 65% of the country’s total surface area. The country’s current national deforestation rate is estimated to be around 1.5%. This combination of extensive but threatened forests makes PNG a high international priority country for forest conservation and REDD+ development activities.

Papua New Guinea was among the earliest global advocates for REDD+, having joined with Costa Rica at the 11th Conference of the Parties (COP11) in proposing the concept of a REDD+ mechanism for inclusion within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. The Government of PNG committed in 2010 to reduce its GHG emissions by 30% by 2030, and intends to achieve these reductions primarily from changes in land use and forest management. PNG has made significant progress in national level REDD+ policy development, proceeding in 2011 beyond the development phase to the implementation phase of the UN-REDD Programme.


Main donors, levels of funding committed and disbursed to PNG between 2009 and 2014:

Proportional total donor commitments and disbursements, 2009-2014


Donor commitments by country and continent, 2009-2014

  • Proportional total donor commitments and disbursements, 2009-2014

    Chart Description

    This chart illustrates the relative size of donor commitments to support REDD+ in PNG, and the proportion of each commitment that had been disbursed by the end of 2014. REDDX tracked thirteen original donors supporting REDD+ in PNG over the five year period, with commitments ranging from US$17.9 million to US$0.1 million. Nine of the thirteen donors were multilateral institutions or donor governments, and together these two donor types managed or contributed 83% of all REDD+ finance tracked.

    The government of Japan was by far the largest donor, and its entire commitment of US$17.9 million came in the form of technical assistance aimed at improving the capacity of the PNG Forest Authority (PNGFA) to measure the state of the country's forests and monitor forest cover change. Other major donors included the European Commission, which committed US$6.8 million in 2014 in technical support to PNGFA to implement a national forest inventory, and the UN-REDD program, which committed US$6.2 million for REDD+ readiness support, the majority of which has been allocated to support MRV activities.

    The Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) recently approved a US$3.8 million readiness grant, which will be administered by the PNG Office of Climate Change and Development (OCCD).

    Aside from the recent commitments made by the European Commission and the FCPF, all other donors had disbursed over half of their committed funding by the end of 2014, and six of the thirteen donors had disbursed all (or nearly all) of their commitments.

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  • Donor commitments by country and continent, 2009-2014

    Chart Description

    The map above shows the geographic distribution of donors and donor governments having provided REDD+ funding commitments to PNG, and cumulative support by donor country and continent, as of the end of 2014. International multilateral donors or fund managers not linked to a specific geographic location are shown in purple.

    Donors are widely distributed geographically, representing four continents and four international institutions.