The impact of UK overseas aid on environmental protection and climate change adaptation and mitigation

Further Supplementary written evidence submitted by DfID officials

Response to second group of further questions following oral evidence session with on 16 March 2011

1. Does the new business case process cover multilateral aid? Are assessments made for core funding to each multilateral?


Yes, business cases must be provided for multilateral spending, including for core funding. The business case process for multilaterals requires that teams draw on the MAR assessments when setting out the rationale for providing a multilateral with core funding


2. How has the UK's contribution to adaptation and mitigation been split so far? What are the plans for the split between adaptation and mitigation for projected spend going forward?

The UK £1.5bn contribution to Fast Start (2010-12) is planned to be split £750m for adaptation, £450m  for low carbon development and £300m for forestry. In 2010-11 the UK provided approximately 41% for adaptation, 36% for low carbon development and 23% for forestry. In practice many actions will address both adaptation and mitigation objectives. For example supporting fuel-efficient cook-stoves helps poor people to adapt to environments where there is less biomass to burn (adaptation), and to burn less wood (mitigation).  In terms of the projected split of future spend, Ministers have endorsed aiming for a balanced allocation between adaptation (50%), low carbon development (30%) and forestry (20%), and will keep this split under review.


3. What is the value of bids received for the ICF? What is the breakdown of the budget and bids per year? If the bids have exceeded the total what type of programmes will be prioritised? If the bids received have not been sufficient what are the reasons for this and how is it being addressed?

The ICF's £2.9 billion is budgeted across the spending review as follows; £425m (2011/12), £670m (2012/13), £875m (2013/14), £930m (2014/15). The ICF Board will prioritise proposals against their capacity to deliver results and value for money against the agreed strategic priorities and guiding principles of the ICF. The total value of approved projects (approximately £450m) is less than the full £2.9 billion because we have only just begun year 1 of the four year SR period. DFID, DECC and Defra are all working up proposals for ICF spend to ensure the UK fulfils its commitment to provide £2.9 billion of international climate finance and delivers value for money and impact of all ICF spend.

28 April 2011