Recent Developments

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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Summary of Colorado State University Study Regarding the State of the REDD+ Program in Chiapas

Following international efforts to combat deforestation and forest degradation, Mexico and the GCF member state of Chiapas are in the process of developing their strategies for Reduction of Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+). The Department of Climate Change and Environmental Economy in the Ministry of the Environment and Natural History in Chiapas has been charged with developing the REDD+ vision and, subsequently, the REDD+ strategy for the state. The goal is to build a jurisdictional level REDD+ program, which will monitor and reduce deforestation across the entire state.
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Indonesia's BP REDD+ Learns how to Preserve Forests from Merabu Village, Berau

For two days, May 12-13, 2014, the Head of BP REDD+ (Indonesia’s REDD+ Management Agency), Heru Prasteyo, accompanied by the Agency’s Operational Deputy, William Sabandar, paid a visit to the district of Berau. Mr. Prasteyo arrived in Tanjung Redeb, the district capital, where he attended a welcome dinner with the Berau REDD+ Working Group at Cantika Swara Resort and Convention Hotel, and hosted by the district government, which was represented by Assistant II of the District Secretary, Suparno Kasim.
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GCF Representatives Participate in Katoomba XIX and XX

This spring, the Katoomba Group sponsored two international conferences held in Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil and Lima, Peru. A project of the NGO Forest Trends, the Katoomba Group organizes global meetings that address environmental health and economic development by bringing together leaders in environmental policy, economics, forestry, the private sector, and civil society. The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, a major contributor to the GCF, provided significant funding for both meetings.
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GCF Facilitates First Pan-African Roadmap for Low-Carbon Development in Africa

Twenty-five government and civil society shapers of REDD+ and low emissions development from eight African countries and four subnational jurisdictions drafted a strategic roadmap for the development of REDD+ and low-carbon economies in Africa at the GCF’s first pan-African meeting, held in Addis Ababa from June 10-12, 2014. Held in partnership with Horn of Africa Regional Environmental Center & Network, the meeting focused on harnessing the success the GCF has experienced facilitating regional collaboration in Brazil, Indonesia, Mexico and Peru, to advance jurisdictional REDD+ and low-emissions development in key tropic forest areas in West, Central, East and Sub Saharan Africa. The GCF Training Program (Norad*) and GCF member, Cross River State funded the process.
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A Successful Start for Projects Supported by the GCF Fund

Established in 2013 with a generous grant from the U.S. Department of State, the GCF Fund supports activities in GCF member states and provinces related to reducing emissions from deforestation, enhancing capacity, and promoting low emission rural development. Projects financed under the Fund’s first request for proposals began implementation during the first quarter of this year in Mexico, Nigeria, Peru, Brazil, and Indonesia. In total, the Fund awarded more than $850,000 USD to enhance capacity related to forest carbon assessment in GCF member states.
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