Recent Developments

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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GCF Fund Announces New Contribution from the United States

The Governors' Climate and Forest Fund is pleased to announce a new contribution of USD 955,000 from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in collaboration with the U.S. Department of State. The contribution brings total U.S. support for the GCF Fund to USD 2.5 million. The additional resources will allow GCF states, provinces, and regional governments in Mexico, Brazil, Peru, Nigeria and Indonesia to advance critical MRV capacity for jurisdictional low emission development programs, bringing experts and technical assistance to support local institutions, communities and NGOs. The funds will be disbursed through an open Request for Proposal process, which will be distributed later this year.
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