The latest news from the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility and the BioCarbon Fund Initiative for Sustainable Forest Landscapes 
Greetings! 
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 April to July 2019. Please enjoy and  contact us with any questions or feedback.
Ghana signs landmark deal to cut carbon emissions, reduce deforestation
Ghana has become the third country to sign an Emission Reductions Payment Agreement that rewards community efforts to reduce carbon emissions from deforestation and forest degradation. This agreement unlocks performance-based payments of up to US$50 million for the country for verified emission reductions.

Thinking beyond trees to save forests
Learn how the ISFL is working to reduce emissions from the land sector through smarter land use planning, policies and practices through this partner blog post.

Five additional countries join Carbon Fund portfolio
The most recent Carbon Fund meeting, held in Washington DC in July, represented a big step forward for the FCPF, with years of countries’ preparatory work in national REDD+ readiness and program development coming to fruition. The addition of five more countries into the Carbon Fund portfolio—Fiji, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Nicaragua and Peru—brings the total number accepted to 18. 

FCPF makes advances on payment approaches, registries and verifications
In addition to country presentations, the most recent FCPF Carbon Fund meeting included presentations on progress and decisions related to approaches for payments for emission reductions generated before ERPA signings, verifications and registries. These milestones reflect important analytical work to move REDD+ forward and help efforts to meet international climate change commitments with the support of FCPF. 

Making conservation profitable for small-scale farmers in Zambia 
The Luangwa Valley in Zambia’s Eastern Province is a world-renowned safari destination, home to an incredible range of wildlife including lions, elephants and other exceptional biodiversity that drives tourism. The area is also home to rural farming communities that depend on agriculture and natural resources for their livelihoods. Learn how the ISFL program in Zambia is working to improve landscape management while ensuring increased environmental and economic benefits for targeted rural communities. 

Green coffee fuels livelihoods of Ethiopian farmers
Since 2016, ISFL has been working with Nespresso and TechnoServe to develop and deploy a green coffee-sourcing approach ensuring high quality, environmental sustainability, and improved productivity. The Nespresso AAA Sustainable Quality Program aims to provide high quality coffee while improving the livelihoods of farmers and protecting the environment. Over 31,000 farmers have received training through the program to date. 

Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Madagascar learn from Mozambique's forest monitoring experience
Representatives from monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) teams of Congo, Cote d’Ivoire and Madagascar learned about Mozambique's progress in establishing reference levels and forest monitoring. The visiting group was primarily interested in learning about Mozambique's national grid that was established to collect forest cover data, data sharing systems and online resources ('geoportals') to find and access geographic information. This FCPF-supported learning opportunity took place as part of parallel sessions to the Global Forest Observations Initiative (GFOI) plenary that was held in Maputo, Mozambique.  

Mozambique launches National Forest Inventory platform 
With support and technical assistance from the FCPF, Mozambique is now sharing current deforestation data and results collected through the National Fores t Inventory (NFI). The online NFI Results and the Deforestation Visualization Platform are a first for the country and make a significant contribution towards information sharing and transparency. Up to date, public data is critical for robust policy development, monitoring illegal and unsustainable forest activity, and ongoing research and transparency. 

Unlocking private sector finance for sustainable landscape management
More than 100 participants from countries implementing REDD+ programs, financial institutions, carbon trading entities, commodity supply chain companies and non-government organizations gathered in March in Washington to discuss how REDD+, carbon trading, policy improvement and commodity supply chain initiatives can be integrated, shared lessons learned and identified potential future partners. This workshop was co-organized by FCPF and the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA) with support from the ISFL.

Zambian farmers at field school reap benefits of climate-smart agriculture
In Zambia, an innovative program has established 239 farmer field schools that are training more than 10,700 farmers on climate-smart agricultural practices that boost yields and help conserve forests. This work, supported by the ISFL, ties into broader efforts to improve landscape management and increase environmental and economic benefits for targeted rural communities in the country’s Eastern Province.

New FCPF website launched
FCPF's website has a new look and feel and more intuitive layout, but it continues to be home to the comprehensive range of documents that were available on the previous site. From the homepage’s main menu, you are a simple click away from the full range of FCPF resources, including governance documents, guidelines, tools and templates, country-related documents, as well as meeting and workshop documents from the past 10 years.

Video: Making conservation profitable for small-scale farmers in Zambia 

Through improved income and increased food security, farmers in Zambia have become increasingly better stewards of their land and advocates for wildlife conservation.

Video: Rights, results, and rewards: Managing production landscapes sustainably

Sustainable approaches to managing production landscapes are showing promising results for communities, ecosystems and economic growth across Ghana, Zambia and Lao People’s Democratic Republic

Forest and climate funds in the news

Un modelo de ganadería sostenible: Hacienda Taveras (Ministerio de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales, República Dominicana)


The Scope of REDD+ and its Benefits (The National, Papua New Guinea)
Ghana photo credit: Adri Berger/World Bank, Thinking beyond trees photo credit: Nadege Mazars/World Bank, Zambia photos credit: Sarah Fretwell/World Bank, Coffee photo credit: Courtesy TechnoServe/Nespresso AAA program, In the news photo credit: Pablo Cambronero/UN-REDD, all other photos courtesy of World Bank or partners, used with permission.