Launched in 2009 by ten Governors from Brazil, Indonesia, and the U.S., the Governors’ Climate and Forests Task Force (GCF) was designed to advance jurisdiction-wide approaches to Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+) and low emissions development. Since 2009, the GCF has more than tripled its membership (from 10 to 35) and expanded its reach to include jurisdictions from nine countries (Brazil, Colombia, Indonesia, Ivory Coast, Mexico, Nigeria, Peru, Spain, and the United States).
One-fourth of the world’s tropical forests are in GCF states and provinces, including more than three-fourths of Brazil’s and Peru’s and more than half of Indonesia’s.
The GCF Annual Meeting, hosted by the 2017 GCF Chair, East Kalimantan, is a unique opportunity to advance commitments GCF member states and provinces have made to build robust jurisdictional programs to protect forests and climate while enhancing livelihoods. In particular, GCF members are looking to achieve commitments made in the Rio Branco Declaration signed at the 2014 GCF Annual Meeting, in which GCF members agreed to reduce deforestation 80% by 2020, contingent upon the receipt of international financing. A provisional agenda with more details will be available in the resources tab.
The Annual Meeting is free to attend and open to all GCF stakeholders. Attendees must register in advance and are responsible for their travel expenses (transportation, hotel and meals). Interpretation will be provided throughout the meeting for GCF member languages: English, Indonesian, Portuguese and Spanish.
The Balikpapan Statement is an initiative designed to find practical solutions for reducing tropical deforestation. It is built on the understanding that national governments and many companies have made commitments to both reduce deforestation and greenhouse gas emissions, which they too have struggled to implement. Realizing these commitments requires that these diverse groups come together and agree on strategies which are locally relevant and mutually beneficial.
The Balikpapan Statement is a multi-phase process, beginning with the GCF meeting in Balikpapan, to find real and practical ways for reducing deforestation and fighting climate change. The Balikpapan Statement has three main pillars: (1) sustainable commodities; (2) financing; and (3) indigenous communities. The Statement is expected to give momentum to building inclusive green economies in the world’s tropics, and is supported by all 35 Governors of the GCF representing 8 countries and over a third of the world’s remaining tropical forests.
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