Summary of Colorado State University Study Regarding the State of the REDD+ Program in Chiapas

By Ekaterina Alexandrova, Lesly Tulia Aldana Marquez, Jesse Michael Festa, and Maria del Pilar Jacobo Enciso, Alexander Weber


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.

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.

Chiapas’ Climate Change Crusade

By Climate Change Action Program for Chiapas


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.

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).

Brazil’s Forest Code, in the hands of the President

By Mariana Pavan, IDESAM


A recent topic of contention in Brazil is the Forest Code, legislation established in 1965 that defines forest protection in the country. Modifications originally proposed to the law in 2011 passed the House of Representatives earlier this month on April 25th. Many in the global environmental community are calling on the President Dilma Rouseff to veto the revisions, which are seen as roll backs that threaten to undo progress Brazil has made in lowering its deforestation rate.

Mexico’s Senate Passes Climate Change Law

By Christina McCain, Latin America Climate Strategy & Operations Manager, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF)


Mexico’s Congress has further propelled the country toward a low-carbon economy by approving a comprehensive climate change bill. Mexico’s General Law on Climate Change was passed unanimously by the Senate on April 19th and now awaits President Felipe Calderón’s final approval. Calderón, who has worked to establish Mexico as a global climate leader, is expected to sign the bill, which after a long and winding road through the legislature over the past couple of years, moved quickly to passage this Spring through both chambers of Congress.

Chiapas Establishes Climate Change Commission & Releases Climate Change Program


In mid-November, federal, state and municipal government officials, representatives from NGOs, academic institutions and the private sector gathered just outside the capital of the state of Chiapas in Chiapa de Corzo for the launch of Chiapas’ Climate Change Commission and presentation of the final Climate Change Action Program for Chiapas (CCAPCH) which analyzes deforestation and forest degradation in the state. The Climate Change Commission is tasked with coordinating the state government in the development and implementation of climate change adaptation and mitigation policies for the state of Chiapas and is made up of fifteen state government agencies in Chiapas who took oath to join the Commission at the event on the 18th.

GCF Workshop in Mexico


GCF members in Mexico, Chiapas and Campeche, the GCF Secretariat, and Environmental Defense Fund organized the first GCF workshop in Mexico, which convened GCF member Acre (Brazil), representatives from the California-Acre-Chiapas REDD+ Offsets Working Group (ROW), federal government authorities (including CONAFOR), academics, and social organizations to share experiences and knowledge relating to REDD+ MRV, social and environmental safeguards, and legal frameworks. Presentations from the workshop are available here.

GCF Workshop in Brazil

By Mariana Pavan


The five GCF members in Brazil gathered in Macapá, the capital of the state of Amapá, for the second GCF workshop in 2011. The objective of this meeting was to review and discuss in detail GCF reports and policies in order to update the state representatives, as well as to familiarize the new members and provide the opportunity for feedback.

Chiapas REDD+ Technical Advisory Committee

By Alejandro Callejas


On August 12th during a special session of the Chiapas REDD+ group in the GCF member state of Chiapas, the Chiapas REDD+ Technical Advisory Committee (CTC) was formally established. The Chiapas REDD+ CTC will work under the protection of the Chiapas Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation Law; its President is Elsa Esquivel, MS, representative of the AMBIO Cooperative and its Technical Secretary is Alejandro Callejas (biologist), who is the Undersecretary of Environment in Chiapas.

Amazon States Create Environmental Forum

By Mariana Pavan


The GCF attended the first Meeting of the Forum of State Secretaries of Environment from Amazon states in Brazil, which took place in Cuiabá-MT. The main objective of the meeting was to create the Forum, which intends to integrate environmental actions and establish a joint agenda that prioritizes environmental issues, to enable sustainable development in the states in this region. 

Forest Tenure, Governance and Enterprise

By Avi Mahaningtyas


The international conference Forest Tenure, Governance and Enterprise: Experiences and Opportunities for Asia in a Changing Context was a successful event attended by more than 250 REDD experts, government officials, intergovernmental, community, indigenous and civil society groups, and GCF Country Coordinator Avi Mahaningtyas (a facilitator and panelist at the meeting). The meeting looked in depth at the challenges and opportunities for accelerating forest tenure reform as it is progressing slowly in comparison to the fast rate of forest destruction. With climate change threatening development and poverty reduction for forest dependent communities, forest tenure issues have proven to be key to determining the delineation and definition of forests. The next questions involve forests resources rights, functions of forests, and the authority and rights to manage the forests in a sustainable manner.

UNFCCC Climate Change Conference


Difficult Negotiations Continue on Climate Change and REDD+—Some Preliminary Progress on Subnational Reference Levels

Indonesia Signs 2-Year Moratorium on Forest Conversion Permits


On 20 May 2011, Indonesian President Dr. H. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono signed a long-awaited Presidential Decree implementing a two-year moratorium on new permits for the conversion of primary forests and peatlands. The moratorium is part of the $1 billion Indonesia-Norway partnership agreement on REDD. Some organizations have criticized the moratorium for containing too many exemptions and possible loopholes, not covering secondary forests, and being difficult to enforce. However, many view the moratorium as a positive first step in reducing emissions from deforestation and improving forest governance and enforcement in Indonesia. For more details, a full analysis of the moratorium is available courtesy of Daemeter Consulting.

Update: California-Acre-Chiapas REDD Offset Working Group

By Tony Brunello


The REDD Offset Working Group (ROW) was established in February 2011 as a result of a Memorandum of Understanding signed in November 2010 between the Governors of California, Chiapas and Acre, as part of a collaborative effort to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD). The ROW includes technical experts and participants from NGOs, registries, and other institutions, in addition to observers from the MOU state governments. The ROW has biweekly conference calls and has met in-person twice this year with the next meeting scheduled for July in San Francisco.

Proposed Amazonas Law Open for Public Comment


The Amazonas State Secretariat of Environment is seeking input on its proposed law to develop a legal framework for environmental services and forest conservation before it formally submits the proposal to the State Assembly. The law is available on the GCF Website in English or Portuguese. Public comments on the proposed law must be completed using this form and submitted via email to or by fax 92.3659.1821 by June 22, 2011.