The Governors’ Climate & Forests Task Force (GCF) is a unique collaboration among 29 states and provinces from Brazil, Indonesia, Ivory Coast, Mexico, Nigeria, Peru, Spain, and the United States that are working to reduce tropical deforestation across the globe through the development of high-quality jurisdictional programs for low emissions development that are both economically sustainable and advance the livelihoods of forest communities. It encompasses 25% of the world’s tropical forests, including more than 75% of Brazil’s and Peru’s and more than half of Indonesia’s. Since 2009, GCF members have led the way in designing and implementing jurisdiction-wide approaches to low-emissions development, with a focus on the subnational level of governance where the bulk of these efforts are taking place.
With the rapid growth of the GCF from the original 10 members in 2008 to 29 jurisdictions in 8 countries and across multiple economic, social and cultural plains in just 6 years, the GCF identified the need for a knowledge management tool that would provide better structure to REDD+/low emissions development efforts and programs in the GCF’s tropical jurisdictions, in a world where climate and tropical forest governance are being catapulted more by decentralized and often fragmented networks than by the traditional top-down model of global climate solutions. With funding from Norad’s Norwegian Climate & Forests Initiative (NICFI), the GCF commenced the development of this interactive web-tool as a knowledge management tool designed to map the network of actors and resources for REDD+ and low emissions development in the GCF’s 29 jurisdictions (7 states in Brazil; 6 provinces in Indonesia; 2 regional councils in the Ivory Coast, 5 states in Mexico; 5 regions in Peru; and one state in Nigeria).
To give structure and integration to the decentralized and fragmented network of climate and forest governance actors, particularly in efforts to reduce deforestation and improve land use in tropical regions;
To provide tools to identify key actors (experts and resources) by region and by issue area for solving specific problems;
To identify key spaces for improvement and solutions for addressing them (for example, concentrated safeguards networks in one jurisdiction could be deployed to assist program design and implementation in jurisdictions lacking adequate safeguards expertise);
To provide a baseline for efforts to build and enhance the relationships that are so fundamental to building jurisdictional programs.
As funding permits, subsequent versions of the GCF Support Network will expand the suite of tools available to include REDD+ and low emissions development experts. It will introduce a self-add feature with administrative oversight to allow actors to self-identity on the network, capturing a more accurate snapshot of low emissions development (including REDD+) networks. Finally, it will include more advanced topic areas and expertise such as REDD+ Performance Tracking, Auditing and Registries (as they become relevant to jurisdictional programs in the GCF).