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GCF supports the Forum of Environmental Secretaries of the Legal Amazon in Brazil

The 14th session of the Forum of State Environmental Secretaries of the Brazilian Amazon met in São Luís, in the state of Maranhão, on April 6-7, 2017, with support of the Governors’ Climate and Forests Task Force. The event had representatives from all nine states of the Brazilian Amazon and a special participation from the Ministry of Environment, José Sarney Filho, who marked the commitment at all levels of the Brazilian government to support the Amazon States efforts in reducing deforestation and promoting sustainable development in the region.

Jurisdictional Sustainability: Primer for Practitioners

With the goal of building a common understanding of jurisdictional sustainability—how to define it, why it is important, and how to put it into practice at scale—a group of practitioners came together in January of 2015 and June of 2016 to share perspectives and experiences. On Tuesday, February 14th at 11:00am Central European Time, a publication summarizing the main results of these meetings was released. It is called: “Jurisdictional Sustainability: Primer for Practitioners” and is available in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Bahasa Indonesia, and French.

California Issues Proposed Plan to Achieve Groundbreaking 2030 Climate Goals

California proposes the most ambitious plan in North America to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by 2030. The plan proposed by the California Air Resources Board builds on existing programs, continues cap-and-trade, and introduces an approach to cut GHG emissions at refineries. The plan also includes specific language about the Governors’ Climate and Forests Task Force (see page 28-29), and the importance of addressing emissions from tropical deforestation. The California Air Resources Board is slated to hold workshops in February and hear an update at the February 16 Board meeting. The Final 2017 Scoping Plan Update will be released in late March and be considered for approval by the Board in late April.

California, at Forefront of Climate Fight, Won’t Back Down to Trump

LOS ANGELES — Foreign governments concerned about climate change may soon be spending more time dealing with Sacramento than Washington. President-elect Donald J. Trump has packed his cabinet with nominees who dispute the science of global warming. He has signaled he will withdraw the United States from the Paris climate agreement. He has belittled the notion of global warming and attacked policies intended to combat it.

Challenges and Opportunities for the GCF in Brazil in 2017: In the midst of a rise in deforestation, we can commemorate advances and improvements in the REDD+ landscape in Brazil.

The Brazilian Amazon contains the largest area of tropical forest on the planet. Spanning more than 4.1 million km2, it accounts for 60% of the nation’s land and is home to nearly 20 million people. The region, however, generates less than 8% of Brazilian GDP and faces serious social and environmental problems. Its economy basically depends on the extraction of natural resources and minerals and agribusiness, which to date has led to the substitution of nearly 20% of its original forest cover into pasture and other agricultural cultivation.
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