Read up on the latest from the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility 


Thank you for reading updates from the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF). This issue highlights the latest news, publications and events from June through early November 2016. Please enjoy and contact us with any questions or feedback. 

Forests: Stabilizing climate and supporting development

With the Paris Agreement entering into force last week, negotiators at this year’s UN climate meeting (COP22) in Morocco are getting to work on the specific rules and guidance that will translate Paris commitments into action. Achieving the Agreement goals will require a strong focus on protecting, restoring, and sustainably managing all types of forests. 

Delivering on the global agenda for forests, climate and development at COP22
At a November 16 side event co-organized by the World Bank Group at COP22, panelists will discuss how initiatives like REDD+ can be powerful catalysts for delivering on  Sustainable Development Goal 15 and achieving country Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) regarding forestry and other land uses. The event will highlight multi-stakeholder actions that are having an impact on the ground, and highlight best practices and lessons learned. 

2016 annual reports launched
In its eighth year in operation, the FCPF has received a substantial infusion of finance, increasing total committed funds to more than $1.1 billion, with $370 million committed to the Readiness Fund and $750 million to the Carbon
Fund. Learn more about this progress and other milestones in the 2016 annual report. 

The 2016 annual report for the BioCarbon Fund Initiative for Sustainable Forest Landscapes (BioCF ISFL) was also recently published. The report provides detail on the overall context and approach for the BioCF ISFL and updates on its three active country programs in Colombia, Ethiopia, and Zambia. 

Chile, Ghana, Nepal, RoC and Vietnam move ahead with readiness
As part of the 22nd FCPF Participants Committee meeting (PC22) in September in Accra, Ghana, Readiness Packages for Chile, Ghana, Nepal, Republic of Congo and Vietnam were endorsed.    

Also, the PC allocated funds of $5 million each to further support the readiness process in Cambodia, Madagascar and Nicaragua.

Additionally, $5 million was allocated to Cote d'Ivoire for readiness based on virtual decision-making. 

Increasing engagement with Indigenous Peoples/Civil Society Organizations 
More than 60 participants from 29 countries gathered in Washington, DC earlier this month to discuss IP/CSO engagement in the design and implementation of landscape-level programs involving payments for climate results. The group took the opportunity to discuss application of the Methodological Framework, stakeholder engagement processes and to share proposals for continued collaboration of these groups at the country and program levels. 

New support for climate-smart coffee farming in Ethiopia 
Work supported by the BioCarbon Fund Initiative for Sustainable Forest Landscapes (ISFL)  will help coffee farmers boost productivity and climate resilience in Ethiopia's Oromia state. The collaboration between ISFL , the  International Finance Corporation  (IFC), along with the international coffee company,  Nespresso  and the non-profit,  TechnoServewill provide farmers with intensive, field-based agronomy and business training using local instructors and builds on FCPF's readiness work in the region. 

Report released: Emissions Trading Registries
A new report, Emissions Trading Registries: Guidance on Regulation, Development and Administrationreleased in October, provides policy makers and other stakeholders with technical insights and guidance on how to support country-specific decision making and activities related to registry development.

The publication was co-authored by the Partnership for Market Readiness and the FCPF. 

Regional training and capacity building on forest monitoring continues in Lima
The FCPF is continuing its series of regional workshops to "train the trainers" and disseminate technical forest monitoring learning materials and decision support tools. Four regional one-week workshops are planned in three different regions: one in Asia (in English), one in Latin America (in Spanish) and two in Africa (in French and English). The second of these workshops was held in Lima, Peru July 4 - 7, 2016. 

REDD+ videos: Community impact stories from Ghana and Mozambique 
A new series of videos highlights the on the ground stories and achievements of the World Bank's work on REDD+ and forests in Africa. These short films show how communities are benefiting or expect to benefit from the scaling up from readiness to investment to payments for performance.  These videos help show, visually, that forest sector engagements contribute to poverty alleviation, shared prosperity and sustainable growth.

The first two videos, on Mozambique and Ghana are out now with others to follow in the coming months.   This work is being led by the World Bank's Environment and Natural Resources Africa Region team. 
South-south exchange between Ethiopia and Mexico 
In June, an Ethiopian delegation of 13 visited Mexico to learn about the country's approaches to design and implementation of emission reduction programs, community led forestry initiatives, forest restoration and payment for environmental services, among others. The visit was facilitated by Mexico's National Forestry Commission, CONAFOR, and marked the second time a group from Ethiopia had traveled there to learn and share REDD+ knowledge. 

In the news
Upcoming meetings

December 12 - 15, 2016: 15th Carbon Fund Meeting (CF15), Washington, DC

March 27 - 30,  2017:  23nd Participants Committee Meeting (PC23), Washington, DC, exact (date/location TBC)

April 10 - 14, 2017:  16th Carbon Fund Meeting (CF16), Paris (date/location TBC)

Submission deadlines 

December 30, 2016: Submission of MTRs in French/Spanish for virtual review

January 13, 2017: Submission  of MTRs in English for virtual review 

January 13, 2017: Submission of R-Packages and MTRs in French/Spanish for PC23 

January 27, 2017:  Submission of R-Packages and MTRs in English for PC23

Visit the website for the complete list of deadlines
SDG15 image credit: SDG Compass; PC22 meeting photo credit: Rodney Quarcoo, Climate-smart coffee photo credit: Katie O'Gara,  In the news photo credit: Franka Braun, Upcoming meetings photo credit: Nina Doetinchem, Submission deadlines photo credit: Pablo Cambronero for World Bank, all other photos courtesy of World Bank, used with permission.