Por Gabriela Albuja, pesquisadora do Programa Mudan?as Clim?ticas do Idesam?
On the 18th and 19th of September in Johannesburg, South Africa, I was part of an international meeting that gathered all the partners of the ?Tracking Forest Finance ” initiative. The purpose of this meeting was to exchange experiences and preliminary results from the 14 participating countries.
Led by Forest Trends, the project aims at mapping and categorizing international financial flows that reach the countries for use in REDD initiatives during the years 2009-2012. (Learn more about the project here)
Of the 14 countries that are part of the initiative, only four are in advanced stages of data collection: Brazil, Ecuador, Vietnam and Ghana. These were the countries that initiated the process in 2011.
Over the years, Colombia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Guyana, Indonesia, Liberia, Mexico, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Tanzania, and Ethiopia have joined the initiative.
Each country presented the status of their data collection, as well as advances and difficulties in obtaining financial data with donors and recipients. The meeting allowed countries in the initial data collection stage to learn from mistakes and difficulties of countries with more time in this initiative.
The lack of public data available on the web has made data collection a complex process. Obtaining this information depends heavily on the use of professional contacts as well as creative methodologies ? more or less “informal “.
It was a consensus among those present at the event that it is of vital importance to establish a partnership with the national governments, many of which have access to important financial data necessary for the progress of our activities.