Norwegian climate initiative
Norway has pledged up to 3 billion NOK a year to help save the world's tropical forests while improving the livelihoods of those who live off, in, and near the forests.
Real-Time Evaluation of Norway’s International Climate and Forest Initiative
The initiative has been subject of a real-time evaluation since 2010. This resulted in several evaluations linked below. The initiative continues to be evaluated through a second phase of real-time evaluation which began in 2015.
How the Climate and Forest Initiative is organised
- The Norwegian Ministry of Climate and Environment (KLD) conducts Norway's Climate and Forest initiative.
- The Norwegian support goes to a complex portfolio consisting of both bilateral agreements with large forest countries, large multinational organizations and civil society.
- Norad manages significant parts of the NICFI funds under the climate and forest initiative on behalf of the Ministry of Climate and Environment.
- Norad conducts guidance and quality assurance for the ministry and for embassies involved in the initiative. Norad also has a special responsibility for monitoring the developmental effects of the investment.
- Norad is responsible for the initiative's grant scheme for civil society.
NICFI project descriptions
Visit out digital world map to learn more about the climate and forest projects supported by Norad: See which organisations we support, where they work and what outcomes they hope to achieve.
In the map you find information about all the projects from the 2013-2015 portfolio. Information about the entire 2016-2020 portfolio will soon be available.
Next NICFI call for proposal
The current grant period under the Norwegian International Climate and Forest Initiative (NICFI) for civil society will end in 2020.
The call for proposals for the next grant period starting in 2021 was initially foreseen to be launched on 1 October 2019.
However, due to delays in the planning of the next grant period, the call has been slightly delayed. Norad foresees to publish the call in January 2020 here at our website.
10 years of Norway's Climate and Forest Initiative
2018 marks that ten years since Norway launched Norway’s International Climate and Forest Initiative (NICFI). Norway’s Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg announced at the UNFCCC Climate Change Summit COP13 that Norway would allocate up to 3 billion NOK annually to reduce deforestation.
While the initiative was originally thought to last until 2020, the Norwegian government has since promised to extend it through 2030. Norway has so far supported efforts to reduce deforestation in more than 70 countries.
One of the main results was the signing of the Paris Agreement in 2015, in which world leaders agreed on an ambitious new climate change agreement. Partly due to activities financed through NICFI since 2007, efforts to reduce deforestation was specifically mentioned in the Paris Agreement.
Reducing deforestation will also be an important instrument to achieve the objectives of the Paris Agreement. After ten years of concerted efforts, Norway now aims to focus on countries with large tropical forests and countries proving results. There have been several evaluations of NICFI. Results have been documented and more will be published during 2018.