Governors’ Climate & Forests Fund Releases New Request for Proposals


On December 6th, 2014 the Governors’ Climate and Forests Fund launched its second Request for Proposals at a special reception on the sidelines of the 20th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Lima, Peru. Alongside notable guests including governors, GCF Fund board members, and the Brazilian Ambassador to Peru, GCF Fund Executive Director Rosa Maria Vidal announced the release of the call which will strengthen the ability for GCF members to monitor, report, and verify changes in forest carbon stocks, enhance alignment with national level efforts to reduce tropical deforestation, and address key gap areas in the design of jurisdictional programs to promote sustainable low emission rural development.  The call is a part of the GCF Fund’s wider and ongoing efforts to support multi-stakeholder programs which enhance GCF member capacities to reduce deforestation while improving rural livelihoods.

Idesam Participates in Environmental Services Training in Acre

By Rogério Lima, IDESAM


From November 25th to 27th, Idesam participated in the course, “Incentives for Environmental Services,” an initiative of the Institute of Climate Change and Regulation of Environmental Services of Acre (IMC) and the NGO SOS Amazon, with support from the bank KfW. The idea behind the training proposed by the IMC is to disseminate the themes of climate change, REDD+ (Reduction of Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) and environmental services to different actors in the state of Acre.

Empowering communities to improve provincial MRV systems in Indonesia

By Jay Samek, Department of Forestry, Michigan State University


The GCF Fund project in East Kalimantan organized in coordination with Michigan State University (MSU), The Nature Conservancy – Indonesia, and the East Kalimantan Provincial Council for Climate Change (DDPI) held a three-day training workshop, a one day synthesis workshop and a one day outreach and extension meeting in Samarinda, East Kalimantan from 13 – 17 October 2014. Twenty-six people from seventeen agencies and institutions participated in the three-day training, which focused on use of the on-line Forest Carbon Inventory Toolbox, developed by MSU under the GCF Funded project, and on landscape level forest carbon mapping through the integration of field data and optical remote sensing satellite data. The Forest Carbon Inventory Toolbox is web-enabled and includes modules for developing REDD+ carbon project, managing geographic and forest plot inventory data, reporting carbon stocks (emission factors) and computing reference emission levels. Jay Samek (MSU), Delon Marthinus (TNC) and Dr. Fadjar Pambudhi (Mulawarman University/DDPI) led the training.

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.

A Successful Start for Projects Supported by the GCF Fund

By Luke Pritchard, Project Manager, GCF Fund


Established in 2013 with a generous grant from the U.S. Department of State, the GCF Fund supports activities in GCF member states and provinces related to reducing emissions from deforestation, enhancing capacity, and promoting low emission rural development. Projects financed under the Fund’s first request for proposals began implementation during the first quarter of this year in Mexico, Nigeria, Peru, Brazil, and Indonesia. In total, the Fund awarded more than $850,000 USD to enhance capacity related to forest carbon assessment in GCF member states.

GCF at Yale’s Forests as Capital Conference


On January 31st, GCF Fund Board member and former GCF representative from the State of Amazonas (Brazil), João Talocchi, participated at Yale’s Annual Conference of the International Society of Tropical Foresters on behalf of the GCF and GCF Fund. The theme for the conference this year was Forests as Capital and forest conservation in the context of the capital approach (top down) and the local approach (bottom up).

Report Demonstrates that Demand for Emission Reduction Units Lower than Supply

By Nick Oakes, Global Canopy Programme


A recent report, Stimulating Interim Demand for REDD+ Emissions Reductions: The Need for a Strategic Intervention from 2015 to 2020, by the Global Canopy Programme, the Amazon Environmental Research Institute (IPAM), Fauna & Flora International (FFI), and the UNEP Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) has shown that demand for REDD+ emission reduction units is drastically lower than supply in the interim period between 2015 and 2020.

GCF Fund Awards Proposals to Improve Forest Carbon Assessment & Capacity


The Governors’ Climate and Forests Fund (GCF Fund) has announced that over $840,000 in funding has been awarded under the GCF Fund’s first Request for Proposals to improve forest carbon assessment and capacity. The winning proposals will bring together GCF member jurisdictions, local communities, leading technical experts, civil society organizations, national forest and environment ministries, and universities in Mexico, Peru, Nigeria, Brazil, and Indonesia (detailed descriptions of the seven projects are available on the GCF Fund’s website). The projects will result in enhanced stakeholder engagement and improved methods for measuring and monitoring forest carbon stocks and the greenhouse gas emissions associated with land use conversion. These projects will play an integral role in supporting the wider efforts of the Governors’ Climate and Forests Taskforce to demonstrate realistic and innovative pathways to low emission rural development.

GCF Peruvian Regions Play Central Role in Peru’s Forest Investment Plan

By Luke Pritchard, GCF Fund


Following months of intensive stakeholder consultation, which emphasized the participation of indigenous groups, Peru’s Forest Investment Plan was approved on October 30th, 2013. With the approval of the Plan comes USD $50 million dollars in financing to promote activities that reduce deforestation and forest degradation, conserve the country’s highly biodiverse forest ecosystems, and empower indigenous communities in the management of forest resources. The funding, which comes in the form of grants and low-interest loans, will play an integral role in contributing to Peru’s ambitious goal of achieving zero net emissions from the land use, land use change, and forestry sectors by 2021. Peru is one of eight pilot countries participating in the Climate Investment Fund’s Forest Investment Program (FIP), which is also promoting improved forest management in GCF member states and provinces in Indonesia, Brazil, and Mexico.

GCF Fund Request for Proposals


The Governors’ Climate & Forests Fund (GCF Fund) is pleased to announce its first Request for Proposal (RFP) through a grant generously funded by the US Department of State.  Under the request, Civil Society Organizations are invited to partner with GCF states or provinces to submit proposals to address collective needs to improve forest carbon assessments and capacity. Funding will be provided to proposals which: a) strengthen or improve GCF state and province forest carbon assessments and capacity with the objective making significant progress towards IPCC Tier 2 or 3 forest inventories, and b) strengthen or improve subnational REDD+ programs and MRV methodologies and capacity that support national REDD+ strategies.  Under this round of funding, the GCF Fund expects to support projects in all GCF tropical forest countries: Mexico, Peru, Brazil, Indonesia and Nigeria.  While projects will be funded at the provincial or state level, all proposals should align with and support national-level REDD+ strategies.

GCF Awarded Multi-Year Grant


In an attempt to diversify its funding base, the GCF submitted a successful application to the Norwegian Agency for Cooperative Development (Norad). The three year grant (2013-2015) will support the enhancement of ongoing work with a focus on building robust networks and capacity for REDD+ and low emissions rural development activities in GCF states and provinces. The funding will be directed toward the continued development of the GCF REDD+ Knowledge Database, a tool for knowledge management and performance tracking across the GCF tropical states and provinces; the establishment of a GCF Training Program to leverage current training and capacity building efforts; and to the creation of an international REDD+ knowledge/skills network that identifies and “maps” sources of local and regional support for training and capacity building, and to facilitate effective and rapid responses from network partners in assisting states and provinces in the design and implement subnational REDD+ and low emissions rural development programs.

Acre’s Payment for Performance

By Idesam, GCF Coordinator for Brazil


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.

The Durban REDD+ Outcome

By Gus Silva-Chávez, REDD+ Project Manager and Chris Meyer, Amazon Basin project coordinator, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF)


In an annual ritual, government negotiators, NGOs and journalists attended the December 2011 UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) negotiations in Durban, South Africa. Negotiators in Durban approved technical guidelines for ensuring that reference levels -- benchmarks for measuring progress in reducing emissions from deforestation -- have environmental integrity. EDF had been eagerly anticipating this technical decision going into Durban, these new guidelines will provide a framework and necessary guidelines on how to establish reference levels that are based on science and that can serve as a measuring stick for environmental performance and financial compensation.

UN REDD $4 million grant to Nigeria


Towards the end of 2011 at the seventh Policy Board meeting (PB7) in Germany, the UN-REDD Programme announced its approval of US$4 million in funding for Nigeria’s National Program for REDD+, after reviewing the National Program Document (NPD) submitted by Nigeria (assessment of the NPD available here). With this announcement, the total amount of approved funding for UN-REDD National Programmes has reached US$59.3 million, according to a press release from the UN-REDD.

Oslo REDD Exchange

By Mariana Pavan & Avi Mahaningtyas


GCF Country Coordinators Mariana Pavan of Brazil and Avi Mahaningtyas of Indonesia attended the Oslo REDD Exchange last month in Norway. The event was organized by Norway’s International Climate and Forest Initiative (NICFI) and the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad) and focused on how to ensure the social sustainability of REDD+ by providing a forum for exchanging lessons learned from the development of national policies, projects and other REDD efforts.