Recent Developments

GCF Members in Action at COP 22

This year’s 22nd Conference of the Parties (COP 22) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has been coined the “The COP of Action,” promising to put the Paris Agreement into action. In response, jurisdictions from the Governors Climate and Forests Task Force (GCF) have been actively involved in demonstrating the critical role of subnational governments in the implementation of the Paris Agreement. Guided by the Rio Branco Declaration (RBD), a commitment to reduce deforestation by 80% by 2020, GCF jurisdictional efforts will be crucial in achieving the Paris Agreement by accelerating the implementation of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), reducing deforestation, and closing the carbon gap. Participation in COP 22 from GCF member states and provinces from regions such as Mexico, Brazil, Indonesia, Nigeria, Peru, and the United States helped propel the advances of both the GCF's unique subnational network and the global climate action community (see catalog of events for comprehensive list).

Laying Foundations for Jurisdictional Sustainability: INOBU, Ministry of Agriculture, Central Kalimantan & Districts and Launch Online Tool and Sign MOU

Institut Penelitian Inovasi Bumi (INOBU)The GCF Coordinator in Indonesia (INOBU), the GCF Coordinator for Indonesia, the Ministry of Agriculture, Central Kalimantan province and three districts (Gunung Mas, Kotawaringin Barat and Seruyan), recently solidified an ongoing partnership to accelerate the development of sustainable oil palm in Indonesia. The parties signed a Memorandum of Understanding and launched SIPKEBUN, an online system built by INOBU to integrate information on palm oil growers—from industrial scale plantations to independent smallholder farmers. For the first time, the Indonesian government will be able to electronically monitor all oil palm growers: where they are growing it and how they are growing it, a crucial component towards achieving sustainable palm oil in Indonesia.

GCF members from Brazil, Mexico, and Peru sign Memorandum of Understanding with the Development Bank of Latin America (CAF) to strengthen forest conservation, support low emissions development, and develop integrated projects across Latin America.

GCF states and provinces across Latin America (Brazil, Mexico, and Peru) signed a landmark Memorandum of Understanding with the Development Bank of Latin America (CAF) at the recent GCF annual meeting in Guadalajara, Mexico. This agreement commits the GCF members and CAF to working together through 2020 to achieve three objectives. First, the GCF and CAF will construct and implement regionally integrated projects that bring GCF jurisdictions together around mutual goals such as sustainable agricultural and supply chain development; agroforestry; low emissions development, including ecotourism and green economy initiatives; Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+); forest restoration; rural development and social and environmental safeguards; forest zoning and environmental registry development; and monitoring, reporting, and verification systems integration. GCF members and CAF will also develop diverse co-financing and co-funding strategies for these projects, and will also work to strengthen subnational, national, and international political alliances for scaling up projects through 2020, thereby increasing the impact on forest conservation, low emissions development, and climate change mitigation and adaptation across Latin America.

GCF Peruvian Members sign the Declaration of Guadalajara, furthering climate action in the Peruvian Amazon

Five GCF Amazonian Provinces in Peru (Huánuco, Loreto, Madre de Dios, San Martin, and Ucayali), organized by GCF Peru Coordinator, Mechanisms for Alternative Development (MDA), came together in Guadalajara, Mexico to sign the Declaration of Guadalajara during the 2016 GCF Annual meeting. This declaration aligns with the Paris Agreement as well as with the GCF’s Rio Branco Declaration, committing Peruvian regions to international cooperation on climate mitigation and adaptation, emissions reductions, natural resource conservation, and sustainable development across the Peruvian Amazon. Following the Annual Meeting, the Interregional Amazon Council (CIAM) and MDA convened the GCF Peruvian Amazonian Governors at the Congress of the Republic to present the Declaration of Guadalajara to important partners and supporters of the GCF, including Per Pharo, Director of the Government of Norway’s International Climate and Forest Initiative and the First Secretary of the Norwegian Embassy. The meeting took place with the presence of Congressman Cesar Villanueva, and the President of the National Assembly of Regional Governors of Peru.

2016 Everyday Heroes Award Recipient: Pak Husaini Syamaun (Aceh Province, Indonesia)

Last year we started presenting an annual Everyday Heroes Award to a civil servant from one of the GCF member states and provinces who embodies the values, commitment, and dedication to service that is at the heart of the GCF—someone who works hard every day inside the government and across different political administrations to advance the agenda of protecting forests and climate and enhancing livelihoods. The award recognizes that any real and lasting solution to climate change—any effective approach to low emissions development—will have to involve thousands of hard working civil servants in state and provincial governments all around the world. These civil servants rarely, if ever, get the recognition that they deserve. Yet, they are on the front lines, together with their civil society partners, and much of the solution to climate change goes through them.
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