To empower subnational governments of the GCF Task Force to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation through strategic funding which supports leadership, innovation, and partnerships.


Our strategy of empowerment

Subnational governments are critical to successfully reducing tropical deforestation on a global scale. Their strategic involvement in carbon emissions reduction programs ensures program sustainability by designing initiatives that are flexible and adaptive to local conditions. Lack of long-term funding is a substantial barrier that prevents these governments from successfully implementing such programs. As a non-profit the GCFF helps GCF member states overcome this barrier by financing innovative jurisdiction-wide programs for sustainable low emission development built upon improved forest governance, novel technical and financial mechanisms, enhanced opportunities for local communities and indigenous peoples, and ongoing leadership in national, regional, and international climate policy. These initiatives are guided by the commitments made by GCF members in the Rio Branco Declaration and promote leadership, innovation, and partnerships amongst stakeholders.


"Subnational governments are critical to successfully reducing tropical deforestation on a global scale."

The GCFF mission is closely aligned with the goals outlined by the Paris Agreement, an outcome of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change’s (UNFCCC) Conference of the Parties (COP21). In addition to identifying subnational governments as playing a critical role in reducing the carbon gap, the Paris Agreement recognizes actions implemented by non-state actors as essential to accelerating the transformation to a low emissions development pathway. The Non-State Actor Zone for Climate Action (NAZCA) registers commitments to action by companies, cities, subnational regions, and investors to address climate change.The GCFF is actively contributing to the initiatives identified in NAZCA by supporting GCF member states via strategic finance and the facilitation of networking with a greater number of stakeholders. the GCFF also contributes to the delivery of results for the Bonn Challenge on restoration, the New York Declaration on Forests, and the Under 2 MoU for which many GCF members are signatory partners.