Subsidies to key commodities driving forest loss

Working and discussion papers
March 2015
Will McFarland; Shelagh Whitley and Gabrielle Kissinger
There is an increasing focus on the role that public and private resources can play in supporting activities that reduce forest loss as part of wider efforts to address climate change, and ensure sustainable development.

From our initial review of subsidies to beef and soy in Brazil, and timber and palm oil in Indonesia we find that there are significant opportunities for REDD+ finance to support identification, estimation and designing the reform of these subsidies - as part of a wider transition to economic development which increases agricultural productivity while avoiding forest loss.

Corrections and clarifications

An updated ​version of this report was uploaded 31st March 2015. Data was corrected in Table 1, Figure 5 and Section 3.3.