GCF: 2018 Letter to Partners

 

 

Dear GCF Partners and friends,

We at the Green Climate Fund hope 2018 has started well for you and that it will be a productive and rewarding year. As 2018 rolls on, we would like to outline our plans for the next twelve months. The Board’s work programme for 2018 underscores GCF’s overarching priority of focusing on quality, while increasing efforts to move more funding proposals into implementation and scaling up disbursement.

 

2017 ended with considerable achievements in the global climate endeavour. The One Planet Summit in France during December demonstrated how climate action is being mainstreamed across all areas of society, especially in the private sector. In November, COP23 offered further proof we are making headway in achieving multilateral consensus to meet the Paris Agreement's central goal of keeping the global average temperature rise below 2 Celsius, and as close as possible to 1.5.

 

But success is not guaranteed. The host of the One Planet Summit, French President Emmanuel Macron, warned "we are losing the battle" against climate change. At COP23, Executive Secretary of the UN Climate Change Patricia Espinosa highlighted how climate change is already manifest in the "severe and unprecedented natural calamities that hit homes, families and economies in Asia, the Caribbean and the Americas."

 

And 2017 is set to be among the three warmest years on record. We share with you a sense of urgency that more needs to be done.

 

At GCF, our way ahead is clear. We will step up our efforts to assist developing countries adopt low-emission and climate-resilient pathways by financing climate finance projects and programmes as well as through our readiness support. We will expand our current portfolio of 53 climate change projects and programmes in 73 countries, which currently commits USD 2.64 billion in GCF resources to realise USD 9.2 billion total investment. This represents a doubling of the number of projects and programmes and more than a doubling of the funding committed in 2016.

 

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Final Communiqué of the Forest Governance Forum

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18th Meeting of Parties of the Congo Basin Forest Partnership: Brussels Declaration

Available under the following link for download: Brussels Declaration of the 18th Meeting of Partners (MOP) of Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP)...

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RFUK-protected areas and community rights: using local maps to support sustainable conservation in the Congo basin

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CBFP MOP 18 - CBFP Scientific and Academic Day - November 27, 2018

The organization of the scientific day is fully in line with the road map of the Belgian CBFP Facilitation. Research on the Congo Basin forests should be used to set priorities for action and to sound the alarm bells so that policy makers become aware of the situation and act accordingly. In addition, research must be able to guide; in a responsible and sustainable way, investments related to the forest / biodiversity sector and other economic sectors whose uncontrolled impacts can significantly affect natural resources in the Congo Basin.

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RFUK-DEBATE: “DRIVERS OF DEFORESTATION: ARE WE ON THE RIGHT TRACK”?

Efforts to conserve forests, such as through REDD in DRC and the wider Congo Basin, are largely premised  on increasingly contested deforestation analyses that point to subsistence ‘slash and burn‘ agriculture and charcoal production as the main underlying drivers of deforestation. Meanwhile, community forestry  and similar  approaches to forest protection that have proven effective elsewhere in the tropics have been largely peripheral.

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GGF-SE Side Event: Small grants and community-led conservation in the Congo Basin: opportunities and challenges 14.00 – 15.30, 28th November 2018 Brel Room, Palais d'Egmont, 1000 Bruxelles

The session will be split into two sections. It will begin with presentations from a grassroots group about how small grants have helped their work. This will provide an opportunity to learn about what worked well, what they learnt and what they might do differently in future.

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CBFP News Archive

2018

CPLC Newsletter - Fall 2018
REDD+ in GCF
GCF Recent Activity
FTNS Annual Report 2017
Cidt : FGF Brazzaville 2018
Fourth CBFP Council meeting
Forest Watch - April 2018