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Overseas Aid: Forestry

Volume 465: debated on Thursday 25 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much support the UK made available to help developing countries with forestry programmes and reafforestation projects in (a) 2005-06 and (b) 2006-07; and what proportion of the (i) total international development budget and (ii) UK bilateral aid each figure represented in each year. (160229)

In 2005-06 £15 million of DFID bilateral expenditure was spent directly on forestry programmes. This represented 0.35 per cent. of the total DFID programme and 0.62 per cent. of the bilateral programme in 2005-06. In 2006-07 a further £15 million of DFID bilateral expenditure was spent directly on forestry programmes representing 0.31 per cent. of the total DFID programme and 0.60 per cent. of the bilateral programme in that year. These figures do not include spending on forestry programmes funded by partner governments to whom we provide budget support, nor do they include spending through the multilateral system to which we also contribute.