Read below for more information on these funding windows and their respective Request for Proposal announcements:
1. Enhanced landscape governance and capacity:
This funding window lays the foundation to reduce deforestation by improving capacity and enhancing governance over local landscapes. It is designed to react to the needs and priorities of GCF Task Force jurisdictions that have been self-identified through a participatory process. Through this funding window, jurisdictions may choose to build technical capacities in any of the following aspects of forest and landscape governance
1. Policy, legal, institutional, and regulatory frameworks.
2. Planning and decision-making processes.
3. Enforcement and compliance.
Because governance is highly context-dependent, approaches in each jurisdiction will be different. Some states and provinces may focus on establishing coherent legal frameworks while others may place an emphasis on ensuring decision making processes are transparent and accountable. All activities funded under this window will seek to improve subnational conditions for implementing comprehensive REDD+ programs that align with and support national strategies.
2. Jurisdictional partnerships for forests, climate, and agriculture:
In recent years the prominent role of commodity production as the primary direct driver of deforestation in tropical regions has become a focus for governments and private companies across the globe. GCF Task Force jurisdictions are in the position to demonstrate the effectiveness of partnerships which align private and public sector incentives with public policies and regulations. The Rio Branco declaration highlights such partnerships as a key aspiration of GCF Task Force member states and provinces.
Through the ‘Jurisdictional partnerships for forests, climate, and agriculture’ funding window the GCFF will support the development of public-private partnerships which take a landscape approach to reducing the impact of commodity production on tropical deforestation. Each partnership will focus on addressing a specific commodity such as palm oil, beef, or soy production, and pro-actively engage the relevant stakeholders along that supply chain. Through this funding window, support may be utilized to convene stakeholders and develop a common vision for the jurisdiction, provide technical support to develop and implement initiatives which reduce the pressure of commodity production on the forest frontier, and to implement monitoring systems to track the progress and efficacy of implementation.
Projects will be larger in scale and size and will depend upon commitment of private sector to participate, as well as other public-sector institutions, rural development banks, and associations of producers.
3. Community and civil society engagement:
This funding window was developed as a response to requests from GCF Task Force members to enhance engagement and participation of local communities. This window will concentrate on enhancing the ability of communities and civil society to participate meaningfully in the development of policies, programs or strategies to reduce deforestation. This could range from trainings and workshops to enhancing the participation of local communities in GCF events. Through this funding window particular consideration will be given to indigenous peoples, women and youth groups. The RFP for this funding window will be released during 2017.
4. Jurisdictional policy innovation:
This funding window promotes the design of innovative policies to address deforestation in order to find creative solutions by improving public policies and measures. It is important to note that policy innovation is incorporated in all of the other three GCFF Funding windows. At this time, there is no funding dedicated to this window.