Strategic Support to the Government of Norway's International Climate and Forest Initiative

Norway’s International Climate and Forest Initiative, one of the largest donors supporting efforts to reduce deforestation and climate change impacts, looks to Meridian for strategic advice and project support.

Focus Areas

Climate Change

Tropical deforestation threatens global biodiversity and releases greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, fueling climate change. Forest protection and responsible land use management could contribute one third of necessary global emissions reductions to reach the goals set in the Paris Agreement. The Government of Norway has pledged up to 3 billion NOK per year (approximately $500 million USD) from 2009 – 2030 to protect tropical forests and the livelihoods of those who live in and near them.

For close to a decade Meridian has served as a strategic advisor to NICFI, helping NICFI chart its long-term direction and facilitating partnerships with other donor and forest governments, the private sector, and other key leaders in the global climate and forest community. We also manage key projects to help realize NICFI’s long-term goals. Specific efforts have included:

  • Coordinating international teams of experts that conduct time-sensitive and groundbreaking technical and policy analysis to inform the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) negotiation process.
  • Supporting the creation of bi-lateral and multilateral REDD+ donor programs in critical forest countries for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation.
  • Forging innovative public-private partnerships, such as the New York Declaration on Forests, which was endorsed by more than 60 governments, 60 major international companies, and 90 civil society and indigenous organizations.
  • Facilitating NICFI’s work on green growth and sustainable development, blended finance, climate smart landscapes, and forest-friendly supply chains.

Meridian continues to work closely with NICFI, executing projects to protect tropical forests and the communities they support.