About Us

GCF Taskforce

The GCF is an alliance of subnational governments working together to reduce emissions from tropical forest deforestation and link these efforts to sustainable supply chain efforts while improving rural livelihoods and the rights of indigenous peoples.

Inovasi Bumi (INOBU)

An innovative Indonesian research organization developing policy innovations and IT applications that help farmers produce commodities without harming the environment and society, INOBU also serves as Country Coordinator for the GCF Taskforce in Indonesia. Collectively, the 7 GCF provinces in Indonesia account for two thirds of Indonesia’s remaining tropical forests.

East Kalimantan

East Kalimantan province is the current Chair of the GCF (2017), and a leader in the development of green economies. The province is best known for Kaltim Green, a province-wide policy to move the region towards a robust sustainable development paradigm.

The GCF Story

Three key ideas motivate the work of the GCF

First, the GCF embodies the notion that subnational governments (including most prominently states and provinces, but also municipalities, districts, villages, etc.) provide critical opportunities for policy innovation and leadership. This is especially true in the areas of climate and land-use policy, where states and provinces (and other subnational governments) have long served as important laboratories for new policy initiatives and activities that inform and support robust national approaches.

Second, the GCF was founded upon the notion that successful efforts to protect forests, reduce emissions, and enhance livelihoods must be based on jurisdiction-wide programs rather than on individual projects and activities. As articulated and advanced by the GCF since its inception, the jurisdictional approach provides a key platform for cross-sectoral policy alignment and for bringing multiple public and private sector activities together into a comprehensive approach to low emissions rural development.

Third, the GCF embraces a network approach to governance across multiple scales. This includes the GCF itself, which encourages learning, provides training, and increases collaboration across its network of member states and provinces; the broader network of international institutions, governments, civil society actors, private sector entities, and communities that are cooperating on various activities and initiatives related to low emissions development; and the network of civil servants and their civil society partners that operate within individual member states and provinces and that provide much of the foundation for successful jurisdictional approaches to REDD+ and low emissions development.

Policy Innovation
Jurisdiction-wide approaches
Network Approach

A Global Framework

The GCF Taskforce believes that a truly sustainable solution can only be achieved by recognizing and addressing the human rights implications of conservation and restoration—while reducing rural poverty and ensuring that rural people have adequate access to food, energy, health, education, water and sanitation. This is particularly true in relation to indigenous people and other vulnerable members of society in tropical regions who often lack adequate legal protections, have low access to markets and capital. The Balikpapan Challenge seeks to address these issues through a global framework.

The Balikpapan Challenge is a joint effort led by the Governor of East Kalimantan, Honorable Governor Awang Faroek Ishak, together with fellow Governors who are members of the Governors of the Governors’ Climate & Forests Task Force (GCF). The Challenge is facilitated by the Colorado-based GCF Secretariat, in partnership with GCF Country Coordinator for Indonesia, Inovasi Bumi (INOBU), and Earth Innovation Institute.