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 February to April 2017. Please enjoy and contact us with any questions or feedback.

Voices from the heart of the forest: indigenous peoples and civil society speak about REDD+
In this new video, indigenous peoples and civil society members from across the developing world talk about how REDD+ and the FCPF  are playing a part in strengthening social inclusion to preserve forests and support the people that depend on them.

Watch the video 
$32 million goes to support REDD+ progress across seven countries; Mozambique hits major milestone

At the FCPF Participants Committee meeting, held in Washington DC in March, Mozambique’s Readiness Package was endorsed. Additional funding to support REDD+ readiness in Cameroon, Colombia, Honduras and Sudan was also approved.

Additional funding was approved virtually for Bhutan, Papua New Guinea and Peru.

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.

Access the meeting materials 
World Bank green lights $18 million for Ethiopia’s ambitious land use emissions reduction program
The World Bank recently approved $18 million from the BioCarbon Fund Initiative for Sustainable Forest Landscapes (ISFL) to support a sustainable landscape program that spans Ethiopia’s Oromia region (equivalent to the geographic size of Italy) with a population of more than 30 million people.

This is the first grant agreement for the ISFL, which is also designing programs in Colombia and Zambia.  
Democratic Republic of Congo breathes new life into degraded landscapes
The Democratic Republic of Congo’s efforts to shift to sustainable land use is producing first results in the Mai Ndombe province that provide an encouraging model for other countries seeking to reduce deforestation and forest degradation.

$47 million in new World Bank funding to reduce deforestation in Mozambique
In March, the World Bank approved $47 million to support Mozambique’s Forest Investment Project (MozFIP). This project is part of efforts to stem the rapid pace of deforestation in the country, and to create new livelihood opportunities for rural communities. MozFIP will work hand-in-hand with Mozambique's REDD+ activities, recently presented in their R-Package to the FCPF's Participants Committee. 

Capacity Building Program for indigenous peoples and Southern civil society organizations boosts funding total to $11.5 million
The FCPF Capacity Building Program, which was allocated additional funding at the recent Participants Committee meeting to bring its total to $11.5 million, works to provide forest-dependent indigenous peoples, and other forest dwellers and Southern civil society organizations, with information, knowledge and awareness on REDD+.  

Online learning series launches this month
 A new, free webinar series organized by FCPF and GOFC-GOLD launched this month and will run through June. The sessions focus on the latest tools and methodologies for REDD+ measurement, reporting and verification (MRV).

These webinars are in English and are recorded for future reference. 

An early education in development
Nicholas Meitiaki Soikan, of the FCPF team, has come a long way from his traditional Maasai pastoralist upbringing in Kenya. Now based in Washington, D.C., Soikan, as he's known to most is helping to ensure indigenous people have a seat at the table when it comes to forest conservation and climate change.

Read the blog
$4.5 million in grants signed to support REDD+ readiness in the Central African Republic
Grants totaling $4.5 million have recently been signed for the Central African Republic to support the REDD+ readiness process and prepare associated investments in the forest sector. The signing ceremony took place during the World Bank-IMF Spring Meetings and was attended by high level representatives from the government and the World Bank.
Read the update
Mozambique cracks down on forest sector crimes
The country recently launched “ Operação Tronco”, a law enforcement and intelligence gathering operation that has begun visiting ports, log yards and forest concessions across several provinces to ascertain the legality of timber stocks.

With support from the FCPF, the operation has already cancelled some timber operations licenses, and seized equipment and stocks due to a range of infractions, including the unauthorized stocking and trading of timber.
Read the press release (in Portuguese)
Share feedback on BioCarbon Fund Emission Reductions Program Requirements 

The Biocarbon Fund ISFL, in collaboration with program countries, donors and relevant experts, has recently posted its Emission Reductions Program Requirements and now seeks public feedback. The document covers program design elements and GHG reporting and accounting requirements to encourage comprehensive landscape accounting. The comment period will be open until May 18, 2017. 

Read the document and share feedback

The team will host two webinars to present the ISFL ER Program Requirements and take questions and comments. 

1. ISFL ER Program Requirements: GHG Reporting and Accounting. Friday, April 28, 9:00-11:00am EDT. Link to join and view presentations

1-650-479-3207 (US/Canada call-in toll number) Access code: 731 925 038 

2. ISFL ER Program Requirements: Program Design, Wednesday, May 3, 9:00-11:00am EDT. Link to join and view presentations 

1-650-479-3207 (US/Canada call-in toll number) Access code: 736 763 420

Please  contact the team for global phone numbers to join the sessions. 
New videos
Two new videos from the World Bank's Africa Environment and Natural Resources video series:

REDD+ Republic of Congo: Engaging Communities in Sustainable Forest Management Brings Benefits

REDD+ Mozambique: Empowering Rural Communities Towards Sustainable Forest Management

New publication
Participation of indigenous peoples in REDD+ forest monitoring: Trial in Panama's Darién: This report recently published in Ecoshere was funded by FCPF's Capacity Building Program. The article was prepared through a partnership with the OJEWP indigenous organization of Panama, the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, McGill University and the Environmental Defense Fund.

Forest and climate funds in the news
Header photo credit: Franka Braun, Participants Committee meeting update photos: Leonardo Chaúque (government of Mozambique) Ethiopia photo credit: Andre Aquino, Mozambique photo credit: CAD Productions / J. Capella, Videos photo credit: Andrea Borgarello, Publications graphic credit: Ecosphere, In the news photo credit: Pablo Cambronero/UN-REDD, all other photos courtesy of World Bank or partners, used with permission.