The Climate and Forests Team of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) announced the first round of projects under the Governors’ Climate and Forests Task Force (GCF) to support jurisdictional REDD+ strategies and investment plans during the GCF Annual Meeting on 11 September in San Francisco. The range of projects approved reflects the diversity of the GCF Members, while responding to local contexts and bringing a multi-sectoral and multi-stakeholder approach to low emissions development.
Tim Clairs, lead of the Climate and Forests Team at UNDP remarked, “We are thrilled to be a part of the GCF Task Force partnership and to support the member states and provinces in bringing about genuine transformation at the subnational level.”
Alexis Arthur, coordinator of UNDP’s support to the GCF Task Force announced the first 31 jurisdictions to receive funding totalling over $10m. Importantly, she noted, these projects represent a gender-responsive, inclusive approach to REDD+, engaging indigenous peoples and the private sector. Subnational jurisdictions play a critical role in reducing emissions from deforestation and this funding will support the GCF members to build the foundation for innovative programs and financing in the future.
UNDP is grateful for the support of the Government of Norway and the GCF Task Force Secretariat and is excited to start activities with jurisdictions and their civil society partners.
The list below includes the first round of projects approved and will be updated as additional projects are finalised: