Recent Developments

Governors’ Climate & Forests Fund Releases New Request for Proposals

On December 6th, 2014 the Governors’ Climate and Forests Fund launched its second Request for Proposals at a special reception on the sidelines of the 20th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Lima, Peru. Alongside notable guests including governors, GCF Fund board members, and the Brazilian Ambassador to Peru, GCF Fund Executive Director Rosa Maria Vidal announced the release of the call which will strengthen the ability for GCF members to monitor, report, and verify changes in forest carbon stocks, enhance alignment with national level efforts to reduce tropical deforestation, and address key gap areas in the design of jurisdictional programs to promote sustainable low emission rural development. The call is a part of the GCF Fund’s wider and ongoing efforts to support multi-stakeholder programs which enhance GCF member capacities to reduce deforestation while improving rural livelihoods.
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Empowering communities to improve provincial MRV systems in Indonesia

The GCF Fund project in East Kalimantan organized in coordination with Michigan State University (MSU), The Nature Conservancy – Indonesia, and the East Kalimantan Provincial Council for Climate Change (DDPI) held a three-day training workshop, a one day synthesis workshop and a one day outreach and extension meeting in Samarinda, East Kalimantan from 13 – 17 October 2014. Twenty-six people from seventeen agencies and institutions participated in the three-day training, which focused on use of the on-line Forest Carbon Inventory Toolbox, developed by MSU under the GCF Funded project, and on landscape level forest carbon mapping through the integration of field data and optical remote sensing satellite data. The Forest Carbon Inventory Toolbox is web-enabled and includes modules for developing REDD+ carbon project, managing geographic and forest plot inventory data, reporting carbon stocks (emission factors) and computing reference emission levels. Jay Samek (MSU), Delon Marthinus (TNC) and Dr. Fadjar Pambudhi (Mulawarman University/DDPI) led the training.
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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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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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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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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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