Governors’ Climate and Forests Fund Awards Announcement

4 February 2014

Boulder, CO - The Governors’ Climate and Forests Fund has announced that over $840,000 in funding has been awarded under the Fund’s first Request for Proposals to improve forest carbon assessment and capacity.  The winning proposals 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. Projects supported by the Fund 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 activities 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.


The announcement of the new projects comes at an opportune moment, with the United Nations agreeing in November on a momentous framework to protect tropical forests. As part of the agreement, guidance has been provided on measuring, reporting and verifying emissions from forests and setting reference levels, two areas which will be addressed by the GCF Fund’s portfolio of projects. According to Ricardo Hernandez, Director of Climate Change and Environmental Economy in Chiapas, Mexico, “This funding allows us to deploy state-of-the-art technology while contributing to a multi-stakeholder process with participation from forest dependent communities, universities, and state and national forestry commission officials. It will be an integral piece in supporting national climate change efforts in Mexico and addressing guidance from the United Nations”. All projects supported by the GCF Fund will coordinate closely with national governments to ensure jurisdictional approaches support wider actions to address climate change at the national level.


The projects awarded are the first under the newly operationalized GCF Fund, a nimble and transparent climate finance facility which supports activities within member jurisdictions which reduce greenhouse gas emissions and provide livelihood opportunities for rural communities.  The GCF Fund particularly encourages engagement with a wide range of stakeholders within its member states.  “Through the GCF Fund we will be working with local communities to demonstrate how they can be empowered as vital stakeholders and active participants in provincial forest reporting systems” said Dr. David Skole of Michigan State University, who is working with GCF Member Province East Kalimantan and the Nature Conservancy in Indonesia.


Funding for improved forest carbon assessment and capacity is provided by a grant from the United Department of State’s Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs (OES).  The projects will be implemented throughout 2014 and more detailed descriptions of the projects are available on the GCF Fund’s website at http://www.gcffund.org/our-projects/  


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For more information, contact:
Luke Pritchard, Program Manager
L.Pritchard@gcffund.org
 +1(720) 379-1249