Deltares wins prize from the Dutch Society for International Affairs

Published: 11 March 2014

Karen Meijer of Deltares won the annual dissertation prize of the Dutch Society for International Affairs (NGIZ) for her dissertation about the ‘problem of deforestation in relation to climate change, measures to counter deforestation’.

The jury awarded the prize to Karen’s work because of the methodical design, the excellent empirical section and the pleasant contrast between this dissertation and the more story-based or essay-like approaches. The dissertation prize was presented by Ko Colijn, the Director of the Clingendael Institute.

van links naar rechts Ko Colijn (directeur Clingendael) en Karen Meijer

from left to right: Ko Colijn (Director of Clingendael) and Karen Meijer

 Public administration study of donor contributions

In her public administration research, Karen looked at the financial contributions made by donors in the past for activities in developing countries targeting the prevention of climate change. Did these contributions serve the interests of the donor countries themselves, or were they motivated by concerns about the environment and the impacts of climate change? The study was a response to the REDD+ instrument.

Deforestation accounts for approximately 10% of global emissions of greenhouse gases

Deforestation accounts for approximately 10% of the global emissions of greenhouse gases. REDD+ was designed to prevent these emissions by paying developing countries to preserve their forests. The thinking behind REDD+ is that public funds can be used to develop capacity and pilot projects, and that funding to prevent deforestation can be provided by private parties. But the follow-up to the Kyoto protocol is not yet clear. And if no emission targets are adopted, or if REDD+ does not result in tradable credits, private financing is unlikely and people may turn to donor funding.

The question then is whether that donor funding will be available and which countries financed climate programmes in the past. Karen’s study showed that donor contributions in the area of climate mitigation in the past were motivated in part by the commitment of countries to international environmental protection. That could mean that countries will also be willing to make funding available for REDD+ in the future.

Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik

At present, Karen works four days a week at the Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) in Bonn on areas that include research into international policy relating to REDD+ and climate adaptation, and one day a week at Deltares.