This 3-year program is made possible by a 2013 Norwegian International Climate & Forests Initiative (NICFI) grant and concludes in 2015. In the first two years of the initiative, funding was designed to meet the most critical knowledge gaps in implementing jurisdictional programs at the regional level in GCF regional clusters. Trainings were conducted in Brazil, Indonesia, Peru, Mexico, including a pan-African workshop spearheaded by Cross River State (Nigeria). This focus on addressing regional challenges and gaps provided room for innovative, granular and region-specific programs including: several courses incorporating the national context on reference levels and MRV into state-level planning and implementation in Brazil (Macapa), Mexico (Chiapas), and Peru (Lima); training to explore strategies for implementing changing national law and policy (for example, Indonesia's MK35 Constitutional Court Decision and the provincialization of the country's Forestry Management Unit ("KPH") into jurisdictional program development; introductory and advanced courses on REDD+ and low emissions development focused on cross-sectoral policy alignment in Brazil (targeting a diverse cross-section of Brazilian state-level policymakers, including state planning, legal, and economic departments), in Mexico (San Cristóbal de las Casas) (cross-sectoral training on sustainable rural development in predominantly smallholder agriculture economies of Mexican states) and in Peru (San Martin) (linking forest conservation with agriculture and economic development); a series of site-learning seminars, including a visit to Acre by Peruvian policy-makers to study first-hand the legal and institutional framework supporting Acre’s low emissions development program “SISA,” and a visit to East Kalimantan by representatives from GCF provinces and the national government to study that provinces institutional framework for REDD+—to highlight a few. Upcoming regional trainings (carried forward from 2014) include an e-learning course for the policy-makers in the new Peruvian regional government departments on integrated, cross-sectoral forest management.
The GCF works closely with its key partners to accomplish the goals of the Training Program. Each of these partners supports the GCF Training Program by assessing evaluating, reporting, reviewing and re-calibrating, where necessary, the specific outcomes expected from the Training Program within the respective country or region, including producing Training Program reports, with analysis and recommendations.
In addition to the four Country Coordinators listed above, the GCF works closely with its key partner, Earth Innovation Institute (EII) as well as collaborators Forest Trends; Carnegie Institution for Science, Woods Hole Research Center; Forum on Readiness for REDD; Google Earth Outreach; Wildlife Conservation Society; Instituto Centro de Vida; Environmental Defense Fund; The Nature Conservancy; Conservation International; CIFOR; Ludovino Lopes Advogados; Horn of Africa Regional Environmental Centre; and many others.