The Norwegian branches of Greenpeace, Global Witness, and the Rainforest Foundation have called on the Norwegian government to suspend payments to the Central African Forest Initiative (CAFI), which they claim is contributing to deforestation in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The organizations say the Minister of Environment in the DRC granted Chinese companies illegal logging permits, contributing to large-scale deforestation. Norway is the largest donor to CAFI, which in turn provides funding to Central African high-forest cover countries to preserve the forests in the region, to mitigate climate change, and to reduce poverty.
Greenpeace, Global Witness, and the Rainforest Foundation claim that 75 million hectares of forest is in danger and that CAFI as an actor will contribute to deforestation in the DRC. Norwegian State secretary, Atle Hamar, in response confirmed that further payments to CAFI have been put on hold, until permits are withdrawn.
News article - Bistandsaktuelt (in Norwegian)