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Our vision

is of a resilient planet where subnational
governments serve as innovative leaders in implementing low emissions development pathways while conserving tropical forests.

Inspiring innovation

Any successful effort to address the complex relationship between forests, land use, and climate change requires diverse efforts at multiple levels of governance. GCF member states are home to some of the most carbon dense and biodiverse tropical forests in the world.  They are on the front lines of efforts to reduce carbon emissions, protect tropical forests, and enhance rural livelihoods as part of a broad agenda of low emissions development that complements the global climate agreement arrived at during the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change’s (UNFCCC) Conference of the Parties (COP21) held in Paris in December 2015.

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"In the coming years, GCF member states will play a critical role in supporting efforts at the national level to achieve nationally determined contribution (NDC) targets submitted under the UNFCCC."

In the coming years, GCF member states will play a critical role in supporting efforts at the national level to achieve nationally determined contribution (NDC) targets submitted under the UNFCCC. NDCs are tools for national governments to demonstrate the economy-wide domestic measures that will be undertaken by all levels of government to combat climate change within the framework of the Paris Agreement. As indicated in an United Nations Development Programme study, subnational governments will play a substantial role in achieving these targets with up to 80% of mitigation actions estimated to occur at their level. Moreover, actions undertaken in GCF member states to address tropical deforestation will be particularly paramount due to the fact that land use change is responsible for over half of emissions in the majority of countries with GCF states and provinces.

 

By 2020, through the support of the GCFF, GCF member states will have: