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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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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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 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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