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Indonesia: Climate Change

Volume 508: debated on Monday 29 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what conditions are attached to the £50 million funding to Indonesia announced in Davos on 29 January 2010 to help fight climate change by tackling deforestation; and what steps his Department is taking to ensure that these funds are not used by the palm oil industry. (324629)

None of the £50 million will go to oil palm companies. DFID hopes to build on work the UK has begun with the Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) to agree credible environmental production standards and to secure their use by both producers and buyers. This could involve funding the RSPO itself, academic institutions supporting it and associated NGO networks. DFID expects that most of the funding will support programmes managed by organisations such as the World Bank, the United Nations Development Programme, Oxfam, Transparency International and local non-government organisations who have rigorous auditing and accounting procedures and employ anti-corruption safeguards.