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

Ghana and Republic of Congo join Carbon Fund portfolio 

At the FCPF Carbon Fund meeting held in June, large-scale emission reductions programs from Ghana and the Republic of Congo were accepted into the portfolio.

Participants also had discussions on registries and verifications that could be knowledge contributions to the UNFCCC.

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

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Mozambique, Brazil deepen south-south cooperation
An innovative new agreement aims to enhance both countries’ capacities to promote actions in a broad array of issues such as rural value chains, nature-based tourism and biodiversity management, natural forest management, climate change mitigation/REDD+, rural roads and irrigation schemes. It builds on years of collaboration between the two countries, which included support from the FCPF. 
Communities manage Ethiopia’s forests to improve livelihoods, resilience, and shared benefits

In May, the Ethiopian government launched the Oromia Forested Landscape Program which covers over 40% of the country’s forests. The program, initially financed by an $18 million grant from the BioCarbon Fund ISFL, will support improving the enabling environment for sustainable forest management and investment in Oromia.  The program aims to eventually provide results-based payments for emission reductions achieved across the regional state. 

Civil society actively engaged in national REDD+ strategy preparation in Togo
As Togo works to prepare its national REDD+ strategy, an important partner has stepped up to the plate: civil society. In a country with strong political support for the REDD+ process, a two-year information campaign by the National REDD+ Coordination Unit has focused on building awareness and dialogue at all levels around forest and climate change issues. 

Technical training webinars draw nearly 600 attendees from 90 countries
FCPF and GOFC-GOLD recently wrapped up a series of seven  webinars , which ran from April – June 2017. The sessions focused on the latest tools and methodologies for measurement, reporting and verification (MRV), and the associated recordings and materials are now available online. 

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Emission reduction program requirements to be finalized in coming months for BioCarbon Fund ISFL 
The ISFL has concluded the public comment period on the its Emission Reductions (ER) Program Requirements, a document outlining the program design and greenhouse gas reporting and accounting requirements for its emission reduction programs. Comments were received from a diverse group of stakeholders, including program countries, civil society organizations, greenhouse gas reporting and accounting experts, and ISFL Contributors.

Taking this feedback into consideration, the ER Program Requirements are expected to be finalized by September 2017 and will be posted on the ISFL website.


How Cameroon is standardizing training on deforestation and forest degradation
In Cameroon, the national REDD+ Technical Secretariat and the International Union for Conservation of Nature are spearheading a first-of-its-kind approach to align REDD+ training. 

Kenya project boosts maize production and climate change benefits
A pioneering soil carbon project helps to double maize production in areas of Kenya, improving farmers’ livelihoods and agricultural practices. 

Report: Engaging the private sector in results-based landscape programs

This report captures early observations by the World Bank Forests and Landscapes Climate Finance Funds in engaging the private sector, particularly multinational companies involved in global agricultural commodity supply chains, in the context of emission reductions programs to address land use change. 

Report: Eliminating deforestation from the cocoa supply chain 
This report presents a first set of principles for achieving sustainable, deforestation-free cocoa production. It also analyzes current sustainability projects and best practices in the cocoa sector and makes the business case for moving toward deforestation-free production models.

Report: Key results from the FCPF capacity building program for indigenous peoples and civil society organizations 
Since 2009, this FCPF program has helped dozens of projects engage with local communities across Africa, Asia Pacific and Latin America and the Caribbean. The aim has been to provide forest-dependent IPs, other forest dwellers and southern civil society organizations  with information, knowledge and awareness to enhance their understanding of REDD+, and by extension their ability to engage more meaningfully in the implementation of REDD+ readiness activities. 

This short interview covers the BioCarbon Fund's work on smarter land use planning, policies, and practices.  Watch the video.

Learn about the challenges and opportunities in monitoring emission reductions in forest and climate fund programs in this presentation that was part of the NASA Carbon Monitoring System applications policy speaker series.  Watch the recording.
Forest and climate funds in the news
Header photo: Franka Braun, Zambia photo: Katie O'Gara, Mozambique photo: Andrea Borgarello, Ethiopia photo: Karin Kachele, ER program and cocoa report photos: Rodney Quarcoo, Kenya photo: Peter Kapuscinski, In the news photo credit: Pablo Cambronero/UN-REDD, all other photos courtesy of World Bank or partners, used with permission.