How to develop state REDD+ programs and guarantee international resources for them? How to integrate these jurisdictional initiatives within a national law? With the aim of resolving these and other questions relating to REDD+, specialists from six Brazilian Amazon states convened at the Regent Hotel in Belém for the 3rd edition of the REDD+ Master-Level Class within the GCF Training Program.
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.
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.
GCF representatives, along with key experts from national and provincial government, as well as civil society, gathered in Balikpapan, East Kalimantan (Indonesia), for a three-day REDD+ training event from November 24-26, 2014 as part of the GCF Training Program. The third in a series of regional trainings for GCF provinces in Indonesia, this seminar focused on confronting the institutional challenges facing the province-level implementation of emissions reduction programs in the country's six GCF provinces.
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.
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.