GCF Member Spotlight—Catalonia, Spain
Catalonia, the second largest autonomous community in Spain, is located in the north east of the Iberian Peninsula, and is delimited by the Pyrenees in the north and the Mediterranean Sea in the east. It covers 32,114 km², hosts 7.5 million inhabitants and is subdivided into four provinces (Barcelona, Girona, Lleida and Tarragona). Its capital, Barcelona, is the second largest city in Spain after Madrid, and the centre of one of the largest metropolitan areas in Europe. Currently, industry, tourism and services are the main economic drivers with agriculture and forestry only contributing a little to the GDP (about 1%).
Acre’s Payment for Performance
On December 12th, 2012 the State of Acre received the first transaction for emission reductions from deforestation at the subnational level. Governor Tião Viana signed the agreement between the state of Acre and the German development bank, KfW. It is valued at 16 million euros, and secures payment based on performance for emission reductions for the period from 2011 to 2014 achieved by the state, or US$ 5 per tCO2, which is equivalent to about 4 million tons of CO2.
Central Kalimantan REDD+ Strategy and Action Plan
On February 12, 2013, Governor Teras Narang launched the socialization of Central Kalimantan Strategy and Action Plan for REDD+ for stakeholders in the Indonesian province. The Strategy and action plan for REDD+ (known locally as Strada, strategy daerah or regional strategy) is an important milestone for the REDD+ pilot province under the agreement between Indonesia and Norway regarding cooperation in reducing GHG emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, which was signed in 2010. The strategy was put into effect by Governor Regulation number 10, dated May 15, 2012. Non-technical issues delayed the regulations dissemination to all stakeholders until February. The kick off, led by Governor Narang, was followed by a series of public meetings at the district level designed to reach as many people as possible prior to the regulation’s implementation.
Mato Grosso’s REDD+ State System
Silval Barbosa, Governor of the State of Mato Grosso, signed Law nº 9.878/2013 into law on January 7, 2013, creating the State System for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation, Conservation, Sustainable Forest Management, and increase in Forest Carbon Stocks (REDD+). This State REDD+ System comes after 3 years of work involving public participation, sector dialogue and discussions in the REDD+ Group at the Mato Grosso Forum on Climate Change- FMMC, with the support of the Center of Life Institute (ICV) and the Amazon Environmental Research Institute (IPAM).
GCF Mexican WorkshopThe second GCF regional workshop in Mexico was held in the city of Campeche, with the support of the Government of the State of Campeche. The GCF’s members from Mexico, Chiapas and Campeche, agreed to invite four additional southern/southeastern Mexican states to the workshop: Quintana Roo, Yucatan, Oaxaca and Guerrero all of which were able to attend with the exception of Oaxaca.
Chiapas’ Climate Change Crusade
On the 14th of February 2013, the “Day of Energy”, the Ministry of Environment and Natural History launched the “Crusade against Climate Change” at the Zoo Miguel Alvarez del Toro in Chiapas. The new Governor of the state of Chiapas, Manuel Velasco Coello presided over the event, alongside ministers and representatives from state commissions.
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