In 2015 GCF Brazil achieved a remarkably high level of involvement from the GCF Governors. In May 2015 the Governors gathered to reinstate the Legal Amazon Governor’s Forum. Three Forum meetings were held during the year—bearing important results such as the Cuiaba Letter, Manaus Letter and Belem Letter. These efforts sent a clear message to the Federal Government and international stakeholders that the subnational governments in the Amazon are poised to take the lead in the international REDD+ agenda. Internationally, this message was also carried to the GCF Annual Meeting in Barcelona by 4 Brazilian GCF Governors (Acre, Mato Grosso, Pará and Tocantins) and the Vice-Governor of Maranhão (GCF Observer) as well as at COP-21, where Governors from Acre, Amazonas, Mato Grosso and Tocantins participated in several side events hosted/co-hosted by the GCF and Brazilian GCF States.
GCF members rallied to support the ongoing effort by California to integrate jurisdictional REDD+ into its greenhouse gas (GHG) compliance system, which is the first such effort in the world. Members from topical forest states and provinces around the world hope to provide critical proof-of-concept for broader efforts to link emissions reductions in tropical forest jurisdictions with existing and emerging GHG compliance markets. GCF members took part in the public ARB workshops in Sacramento and also participated in a meeting highlighting Indigenous and traditional community leaders’ perspectives on AB 32 in April, 2016. Indigenous leaders from Peru, Brazil, and Mexico who work with GCF members also participated in a dialogue with the Yurok Tribe.
On May 26th, the Governor of West Kalimantan, Cornelis MH, announced his plans to support sustainable and low carbon growth using an integrated landscape approach. In a newly formed partnership with IDH Sustainable Trade Initiative and PTCUS, Governor Cornelis will be supporting a combined effort on behalf of governments, private companies, and public stakeholders to implement green growth strategies. Read the full article here.