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, publications and events from July to October 2017. Please enjoy and  contact us with any questions or feedback.
Nine countries hit major milestones on REDD+ readiness
At the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) Participants Committee meeting, held in Lao PDR, Readiness Packages from Ethiopia, Indonesia, Liberia, Madagascar and Nicaragua were endorsed. Additional funding to support REDD+ readiness work in El Salvador, Nigeria and Togo was also approved subject to new funding, together with the funding requested through Gabon's Readiness Preparation Proposal.

These milestones reflect important work done on the ground to move REDD+ forward in these countries and help efforts to meet international climate change commitments with the support of FCPF. 

Peer-to-peer learning day focuses on newest strides in forestry and REDD+
A joint knowledge day brought together more than 180 participants to share best practices and lessons learned on topics such as engaging private sector in forest landscape programs, forests and gender, successes and challenges in combating illegal logging and deforestation, and strengthening climate action through stakeholder involvement. The day was co-organized by FCPF and the Forest Investment Program (FIP).
New: 2017 Forest Carbon Partnership Facility annual report
The Forest Carbon Partnership Facility 2017 annual report highlights how countries are leading the shift from preparing to implementing large-scale emission reductions programs. 

New: 2017 BioCarbon Fund Initiative for Sustainable Forest Landscapes annual report
The BioCarbon Fund Initiative for Sustainable Forest Landscapes (ISFL) 2017 annual report highlights progress on the development and implementation of sustainable landscape programs in Colombia, Ethiopia and Zambia. 

First-of-its-kind comprehensive landscape accounting approach launched
Working with its program countries, contributors, and external experts and stakeholders in workshops and a public consultation period, the ISFL established first-ever requirements to test approaches to account for emission reductions across different land uses. While these approaches are innovative, they build on Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Guidelines for National GHG Inventories and other relevant United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) documents and decisions, as well as approaches under the FCPF. The ISFL’s accounting approach has the potential to support lasting change in its programs’ jurisdictions. 

Capacity building work with indigenous peoples in Panama highlighted
Panama’s leading newspaper highlighted work supported by FCPF’s capacity building program for indigenous peoples. In the Darien region, an indigenous youth organization worked with traditional authorities and communities to quantify the carbon stored in their forests. Training on how to develop forest inventories and participatory mapping of more than 30 individual plots underscored for indigenous communities the importance of tropical forests and REDD+ efforts in mitigating climate change. The results of this work were also published earlier this year in the Ecological Society of America’s journal,  Ecosphere.    

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In-depth training materials for forest monitoring accessible online
Seven webinars and accompanying resource materials that were part of a recent MRV training series are freely available online. Presenters include World Bank FCPF, the GOFC-GOLD Land Cover Project Office, Global Forest Observations Initiative, Winrock International, WWF, Boston University, UNAM Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, UN-REDD Programme, Wageningen University and more. 

FCPF participates in geomatics lab launch in Madagascar
Madagascar’s National REDD+ Coordination Office has launched a geomatics lab that will be the cornerstone of the Ministry of Environment and Forests’ satellite land monitoring system. The lab will be responsible for generating the official forest cover and forest cover change information from the Ministry that will be used for governance and for the quantification of GHG emissions for reporting to the UNFCCC. The lab is also expected to host a forest information system that includes a REDD program and project information system that will serve to track the REDD efforts within Madagascar. The first activity conducted by the lab is to collect the forest cover change data of the emission reductions program that will be presented at the next Carbon Fund meeting. The FCPF team provided training in satellite imagery interpretation and data collection software as part of the launch.

Zambia BioCarbon Fund project supports higher crop yields and incomes
In Zambia , the Community Markets for Conservation Landscape Management Project, financed by the World Bank's BioCarbon Fund, issued over $800,000 in payments for 228,917 tCO2e to participating chiefdoms and farmer cooperatives in the country’s Eastern Province. The results of this project have shown that the carbon payments are ‘icing on the cake’ compared to the benefits communities have already received—increased crop yields, incomes and well-being—through the adoption of sustainable forest management and climate-smart agriculture practices.

New: ISFL private sector engagement approach
Private actors—from subsistence farmers to global, multinational firms—have significant influence on the way land is used. The ISFL is working closely with the private sector to provide livelihood opportunities for communities in each jurisdiction and mobilize finance for critical investments. The ISFL has defined its approach for engaging with the private sector that takes advantage of the Initiative’s unique added value.

Being inspired by gender actions in forest landscapes
Learning sessions that addressed strategies and approaches for gender-responsive project design, implementation, and monitoring in countries including Lao PDR, Vietnam, Mozambique, Guatemala, Mexico, Nepal, Peru, and Togo were part of the recent FCPF-FIP knoweledge sharing event.

Save the date: COP23 side event 'Scaling up implementation for accessing REDD+ payments'
An interactive dialogue will highlight how REDD+ and other forest-focused land-use initiatives have been instrumental in triggering change at country level and explore how these efforts are scaling up implementation for accessing results-based payments as a cornerstone within a broader incentive and investment system. 

The event is being co-organized by the World Bank, UN-REDD Programme, and FAO and will take place during COP23 on Monday, November 13, 4:45 - 6:15pm, Bonn Zone, Room 10.
Addressing the drivers of deforestation and land use change in Colombia’s Orinoquia region requires an integrated landscape management approach that builds on climate smart development of forest, agricultural, water and ecosystem resources.

Lao National Television highlights outcomes from the recent Forest Carbon Partnership Facility and the Forest Investment Program governance meetings in Luang Prabang.

Forest and climate funds in the news
Header photo: Franka Braun, FCPF PC/PA and knowledge day photos: Adri Berger, Capacity building program photo: Javier Mateo Vega, Smithsonian Institution/McGill University, Madagascar photo: Andres Espejo, Zambia photo: Katie O’Gara, Gender photo: Patti Kristjanson, Save the date photo: Adri Berger, In the news photo credit: Pablo Cambronero/UN-REDD, all other photos courtesy of World Bank or partners, used with permission.