WWF elected to be the next northern country Civil Society Observer at the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility



Posted on 17 March 2014  | 
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WWF has been elected to be the next northern country Civil Society Observer (CSO) at the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) and will begin the two year term immediately. The coming years will be a critical time for the FCPF and its efforts to support forest countries to build their capacity to address the drivers of deforestation and degradation, create a portfolio of pilot pay-for-performance conservation programs, and test ways to enhance livelihoods of local communities and conserve biodiversity.

The FCPF consists of two funds - the Readiness Fund and the Carbon Fund. The Readiness Fund supports forest countries’ efforts to develop national REDD+ (“Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation”) strategies, institutional arrangements, and needed capacities to implement carbon accounting, benefit sharing mechanisms, and to meet essential social and environmental safeguards. The Carbon Fund is the first global multilateral fund to pilot subnational- to national- scale pay for performance REDD+ programs. Over the next two years the Carbon Fund will establish a portfolio of approximately five to seven large scale emission reduction programs of estimated value up to USD $50-100m each.

The FCPF includes over 40 Participant countries and is an important space for advancing and piloting the idea of results-based payments for activities that address the drivers of deforestation while meeting and advancing essential social and environmental benefits to local and indigenous communities most closely tied to the forests.

Lloyd Gamble, who coordinates WWF's multilateral work on forest and climate issues, will be the WWF delegate to the seat. Gamble has been an active contributor to the FCPF for several years, most recently partnering with the Bank Information Center (BIC) to represent northern CSOs on the Working Group for the Carbon Fund’s Methodological Framework. In this position, he successfully advocated for strengthened guidance on transparency, climate integrity, integrated program planning and social and environmental safeguards by actively engaging with Carbon Fund Participants and other relevant stakeholders. WWF's alternate representative is Josefina Brana-Varela, WWF’s global REDD+ policy lead and a former UNFCCC negotiator for Mexico.

“We are thrilled to have this opportunity to represent northern Civil Society at the FCPF and to contribute to this unprecedented test of the REDD+ model at larger spatial scales and in an expanding number of tropical forest countries,” said Gamble. “We commend the Bank Information Center for its excellent work in this seat for the past two years, modeling an inclusive and transparent approach to engage many constituencies. We also applaud the BIC’s extensive efforts to provide needed technical support to other observers.”

“This is a truly representative role that relies on active engagement from diverse partners and constituencies. We look forward to collaborating with other civil society organizations and to learning from their experiences and areas of expertise,” added Brana-Varela.

WWF works in approximately 100 countries globally and has extensive conservation programs in many FCPF countries. In all of these places, WWF works with diverse grassroots constituencies to address environmental and social issues relevant to REDD+, including rights and capacities of local and indigenous communities, local livelihoods, gender and health, protected areas, private sector engagement, wildlife crime, conservation finance and conservation policy.
 
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