Preparing for Meaningful Action: GCFF Workshops Help GCF Members Define Project Priorities
August 8, 2016
The GCFF was designed to help GCF member states overcome the great challenge that plagues conservation and climate change mitigation efforts worldwide: the lack of financial resources to promote long-term sustainability of conservation programs. As GCF member states continue to contribute to substantial reductions in deforestation and associated greenhouse gas emissions, the GCFF has been campaigning by their side to sustain the efforts of the GCF Task Force. Initial funding from USAID and the U.S.Department of State has secured the ability for states in Brazil, Indonesia, Mexico,Nigeria, and Peru to advance MRV and forest carbon assessment capacity and establish a standardized performance metric from 2014-2016.
This year brings a new era of expanded support which will play an integral role in GCF member states’ ability to reach the goals of the Rio Branco Declaration and promote early action in support of the Paris Agreement. With NOK 200 million pledged to the GCFF by the government of Norway, the GCF Task Force will be able to advance in its untiring commitment to reduce deforestation by 80% by 2020. However, ensuring that funding is effectively converted into meaningful and valuable action on the ground requires purposeful planning and identification of member state priorities.
In recent months, GCF Task Force members have done just that by actively engaging in participatory processes to define local needs. In Mexico and Brazil members have participated in workshops facilitated by the GCFF, while Peru is preparing to complete the process this August. Members in Indonesia have identified needs by developing a roadmap with local country coordinator organization INOBU. In Nigeria and the Ivory Coast, the Forest Sciences Centre of Catalonia is supporting a needs assessment process in a unique north-south collaboration between GCF member states.
Each process has been intently designed to engage members in a dynamic discussion by identifying drivers of deforestation, subnational capacity gap development priorities, potential complimentary sources of finance, potential projects, and institutions for accreditation. At the conclusion of each session, members defined common themes and confirmed regional priorities. This input from members highlights one of the GCF Task Force’s and GCFF’s strengths: a subnational focus helps realize projects that are acutely aligned with the needs and conditions on the ground.
The processes have resulted in well-defined regional roadmaps of priorities which will be invaluable tools in helping direct each member state and accredited institution in designing their project proposals. Guided by these self-identified priorities, the GCFF’s next Request for Proposals will support the GCF Task Force’s efforts towards making the Rio Branco Declaration and the Paris Agreement goals an achievable reality. With the help of funding obtained by the GCFF, GCF member states and accredited institutions will continue to be empowered to realize local actions with global results. Be sure to check in with the GCFF website after the GCF Annual Meeting at the end of August for updates on the upcoming Request for Proposals and on GCF member project development.