The latest news from the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility and the BioCarbon Fund Initiative for Sustainable Forest Landscapes 
This newsletter provides the latest updates from the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF), the  BioCarbon Fund Initiative for Sustainable Forest Landscapes (ISFL) and related forest and climate fund work. This issue highlights news, videos and events from January to April 2019. Please enjoy and  contact us with any questions or feedback.
Mozambique, Democratic Republic of Congo sign landmark deals to cut carbon emissions and reduce deforestation
Mozambique and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) ­­– two African countries with globally significant forest resources – have signed landmark agreements with the World Bank that reward community efforts to reduce carbon emissions by tackling deforestation and forest degradation.

Promoting 'Zero Deforestation' efforts in Colombia
More than 150 companies in the agricultural, financial and livestock sector came together with government representatives in Colombia in March for an Implementation Dialogue led by the Tropical Forest Alliance. Participants discussed initiatives committed to eliminating deforestation from the supply chains of basic products in Orinoquia and Caqueta. The event was co-organized by the ISFL.

Indonesia, Cote d'Ivoire join Carbon Fund portfolio
The most recent Carbon Fund meeting, held in Washington in February, represented a major step forward for the FCPF, with years of countries’ preparatory work in national REDD+ readiness and program development coming to fruition. The addition of two more countries, provisionally, into the Carbon Fund portfolio—Cote d’Ivoire and Indonesia—brings the total number accepted to 13 out of the 19 eligible countries. More countries are expected to join the portfolio in the coming months.

In the Dominican Republic, sustainable forest management is paying off for local farmers
When Enelsito Ramos started planting his 125-hectare forest nestled in the municipality of Restauración in the Dominican Republic, he says most people thought he had no idea what he was doing. Learn how local efforts like these underpin a national-level REDD+ initiative with the FCPF.

BioCarbon Fund highlighted at World Sustainable Development Summit
The annual summit, held in India, brought together high-level government officials, business leaders, policymakers, and stakeholders to discuss sustainable development practices. At this year's event in February, the ISFL was featured as a prime example of how the World Bank is working to create an enabling environment for mobilizing climate finance through results-based initiatives. 

Why women are key to fighting climate change and poverty
A recent paper from the World Bank’s Program on Forests (PROFOR) looks at how gender analysis and actions can contribute in forest landscapes and how this research is already being applied on the ground. For example, the FCPF includes several countries that are using PROFOR's gender analysis tools to design REDD+ readiness and large-scale programs that ensure women are partners in the planning, operation, and deployment of climate finance.

Civil society, indigenous communities call for drastic measures to reverse Africa's deforestation trend
FCPF-supported civil society and indigenous peoples' groups organized a workshop with representatives from 20 forest-dependent countries across Africa to exchange lessons learned from various REDD+ programs across the continent. The March event took place alongside the UN's Africa Climate Week in Ghana.

Five countries hit major REDD+ readiness milestone
Cameroon, Dominican Republic, Fiji, Peru and Sudan had readiness packages endorsed at the most recent FCPF Participants Committee meeting, held in Washington in March. The next phase of REDD+ implementation will build on the extensive preparatory work carried out by these countries.

Creating opportunities for a new forestry economy in Mozambique
There is mounting evidence that forest management improves people’s livelihoods all over the world. Standing forests are worth much more than cut ones, and the government of Mozambique, with FCPF support, is setting out to prove this in a place where protecting forests is among the fastest and most affordable ways to cut emissions and promote sustainable development.

Closing the gender gap in natural resource management programs in Mexico 
This FCPF-supported report examines perceived and actual gender differences in the use and management of natural resources and the challenges of integrating women into activities related to reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation or other natural resource management projects in Mexico.  The research approach applies a behavioral science lens to uncover key psychological, cultural, social, and non-material barriers to women’s participation in natural resource projects.

Nepal’s Joint-Secretary for Forests works t o make the sector more inclusive
Nepal’s first woman Joint-Secretary and Chief at the REDD Implementation Centre under the Ministry of Forests and Environment is working to make the forestry sector more inclusive for women and marginalized groups. Radha Wagle has helped finalize a Gender Action Plan that identifies ways to make forestry programs more responsive to the needs of women and encourages women’s participation at all levels of government, civil society and the private sector, with support from the FCPF.

Video: Madagascar's REDD+ process

Madagascar's REDD+ efforts cut across multiple sectors and require open communication among governments, private sector actors, local communities and more. Learn how the country is facilitating this process to both address the impacts of climate change and conserve forests.

Video: Forests in Mozambique

Learn how Mozambique’s Zambézia Integrated Landscape Management Program is seeking to reduce deforestation and forest degradation while at the same time improve the lives of rural populations in nine districts of the Province of Zambézia.

Forest and climate funds in the news
Header: Franka Braun, Mozambique, DRC: Adri Berger/World Bank, Dominican Republic: Smelin Reyes, World Sustainable Development Summit: Courtesy CPLC, Why women are key to fighting climate change: Gerardo Segura/World Bank CONAFOR, Civil society: Shutterstock, Five countries hit major REDD+ milestone: FCPF/World Bank, Creating opportunities: Andrea Borgarello/World Bank, Nepal: Courtesy Radha Wagle, In the news photo credit: Pablo Cambronero/UN-REDD, all other photos courtesy of World Bank or partners, used with permission.