Recent Developments

Building Monitoring Capacity for the Jurisdictional REDD+ Program in Mato Grosso

Through a project supported by the GCF Fund and together with the Secretary for the Environment Mato Grosso (SEMA-MT), Earth Innovation Institute, IPAM and the Woods Hole Research Center led a forest monitoring capacity building workshop on November 4-6th to support the Mato Grosso Jurisdictional REDD+ program. A diverse set of SEMA-MT technicians and representatives from local partner NGOs participated in the three-day course to learn state-of-the-art methodologies for mapping above-ground forest carbon and complementary monitoring tools.
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Peru Signs Historic Letter of Intent with Norway and Germany on Deforestation and Forest Degradation

On September 23, 2014, during the Climate Conference convened by the Secretary General of the United Nations, the Peruvian government, along with the governments of Norway and Germany, signed a Letter of Intent referred to as "Cooperation for the Reduction of Greenhouse Gases from Deforestation and Forest Degradation and the Promotion of Sustainable Development in Peru." This Cooperation Agreement, which is historic for Peru, will enable a large scale implementation of the Peruvian government's strategy to fight deforestation and promote economic development compatible with forest conservation.
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Central Kalimantan Governor Teras Narang Announces Rio Branco Declaration at UN Climate Summit

On September 23, 2014, United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, hosted the United Nations Climate Summit in New York. The Summit served as a public platform for leaders at the highest level, including representatives from all UN Member States, finance and business, and civil society, to inspire action on the ground for the reduction of emissions and to mobilize political will for an international agreement that limits the world to a less than 2-degree Celsius rise in global temperature.
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Member Spotlight – San Martín, Peru

Peru will serve as the host for COP20, to be held in Lima on December 1-12, 2014. Deforestation and forest degradation will be a key topic at this event, and the region of San Martín is a leader in Peru's efforts in this area, having been identified as a location for activities under the World Bank's Forest Investment Program. San Martín is also a newer member of the GCF, now entering its second year of membership in 2015.
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Acre's Institute of Climate Change and Secretary of State for Women's Policies Agree to Include Gender Issues in the State System of Incentives for Environmental Services

At a meeting held on September 11, 2014, Magaly Medeiros, Director-President of the Regulatory Department of Environmental Services at the Institute for Climate Change (IMC), and Concita Maia, Secretary of State for Women's Policies (SEPMulheres), gathered their teams to discuss inclusion of gender issues in policy incentives for environmental services.
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Historic Rio Branco Declaration Launched at GCF Annual Meeting Could Result in 3.8 Billion Tons of Avoided CO2 Emissions

On August 11, 2014 at the GCF Annual Meeting in Acre, Brazil, fourteen GCF Governors from across the world launched the Rio Branco Declaration committing their states and provinces to reducing deforestation 80% by 2020 with performance-based funding from the international community. Through the Declaration, the Governors are pledging a substantial share of any pay-for-performance benefits that flow to GCF jurisdictions to forest-dependent communities, farmers, smallholders, and Indigenous Peoples. With additional GCF Governors committing to sign on in the coming weeks, they are calling on donor countries, the private sector and civil society to work in partnership with them to help preserve the world's remaining tropical forests, to enhance livelihoods across their regions, and to develop clear and transparent mechanisms for securing and delivering performance-based benefits to forest-dependent communities, farmers, smallholders, and Indigenous Peoples. According to a recent analysis by the Earth Innovation Institute, if the GCF states and provinces reduce deforestation 80% by 2020, this will result in 3.8 billion tons of avoided CO2 emissions on top of the 3 billion tons of emissions already avoided by these jurisdictions.
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