Governors' Climate and Forests Task Force (GCF)


Name of initiative Governors' Climate & Forests Task Force
LPAA initiative No
NAZCA Initiative Yes
Website address
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Starting year 2009
End year

GCF Task Force Secretariat 4001 Discovery Drive, Suite 340 University of Colorado Boulder, CO 80302 United States

Organisational structure The GCF Task Force Secretariat Staff (staff of 9) works directly with 4 regional coordinators in Brazil, Peru, Mexico, and Indonesia, plus a support team at the UNDP. Each state or province selects two delegates in addition to one governor to work directly with both the Secretariat staff and regional coordinators. Aside from administering jurisdictional strategies for each member state and province, the Secretariat organizes three additional committees focusing on topical areas of work: the Executive Committee, the Global Committee on Indigenous Peoples & Local Communities, and the Global Steering Committee on Agricultural Production & Tropical Deforestation.
Geographical coverage Global, Latin America and The Caribbean, South East Asia, West Africa
Name of lead organisation University of Colorado Boulder
Type of lead organisation Academic/Research institution
Location/Nationality of lead organisation United States of America


Description The Governors’ Climate & Forests (GCF) Task Force is a subnational collaboration of 38 states and provinces across 10 countries working to protect tropical forests, reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, and promote realistic pathways to forest-maintaining rural development.
Objectives The GCF Task Force seeks to empower a coalition of subnational jurisdictions and their civil society and private sector partners to implement innovative jurisdiction-wide programs for sustainable low emissions development built upon improved forest governance, novel technical and financial mechanisms, enhanced opportunities for local communities and indigenous peoples, and ongoing leadership in national, regional, and international climate policy forums.
Activities ​Facilitate political engagement and leadership by GCF Task Force Governors and their high-level appointees in subnational, national, and international processes for reducing deforestation and promoting low emissions development.

Enable civil servants and their civil society partners to be effective advocates for reducing deforestation and promoting sustainable development within their jurisdictions and beyond by enhancing the capacity of state and provincial governments to address drivers of deforestation.

Assist GCF Task Force states and provinces in securing both public and private funding for jurisdictional strategies and low emissions development programs.

Administer activities through two Global Steering Committees: the Global Committee on Indigenous Peoples & Local Communities, and the Global Steering Committee on Agricultural Production & Tropical Deforestation.

Facilitate multi-stakeholder platforms for collaboration on sustainable development between Governors, civil society, the private sector, indigenous peoples and local communities.

Map deep-decarbonization pathways in select states and provinces.

One or two success stories achieved Development and revision of California's Tropical Forest Standard, endorsed September 2019—demonstrating California's global leadership on climate action, sending a strong signal to preserve tropical forests while ensuring rigorous social and environmental safeguards for indigenous peoples and local communities, and setting a strong precedent for governments through the tropics to follow in order to attract investment, climate finance, and multi-stakeholder partnerships. The California Tropical Forest Standard adheres to the GCF Task Force's Guiding Principles for Collaboration and Partnership between Subnational Governments, Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities—a set of guiding principles unifying indigenous peoples and forest communities with local governments who are collaboratively working to address deforestation, climate change, and communities’ rights. The Principles have been endorsed by 18 Indigenous Peoples Organizations, 17 Civil Society Organizations, and 34 GCF Task Force member states.

Monitoring and Impacts

Sustainable Development Impact:
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Function of initiative Technical dialogue, Capacity building, Political dialogue, Implementation
Activity of initiative Knowledge dissemination and exchange, Training and education, Awareness raising and outreach, Knowledge production and innovation, Goal setting (ex-ante)
Goals - Empower a coalition of subnational jurisdictions and their partners to implement jurisdiction-wide programs for sustainable development through multi-stakeholder platforms for collaboration

- Facilitate multi-stakeholder partnerships to improve forest governance in conjunction with sustainable commodities production, inclusivity, and engagement, and financing mechanisms - Build capacity and knowledge dissemination through knowledge-sharing workshops across entire regions and beyond - Facilitate high-level political engagement in national, regional, and international climate policy forums - Reduce deforestation in member states and provinces

Comments on indicators and goals Indicators measured include number of high-level forest and climate commitments, members with REDD+ related strategies, advancements on subnational partnerships, progress towards reducing deforestation, number of jurisdictions directly accessing key climate and forests funding sources, climate funding disbursed to member states and provinces, cross-jurisdictional exchanges, and members' participation in relevant compliance market regulatory processes.
How will goals be achieved We work towards our goals by organizing and implementing cross-jurisdictional knowledge exchanges, capacity-building workshops, preparation and facilitation of high-level political engagement in climate policy forums, project and financing proposal development, project implementation in member states and provinces, and facilitating multi-stakeholder platforms for collaboration towards reducing deforestation and advancing sustainable development.
Have you changed or strenghtened your goals To advance the inclusion of indigenous peoples and local communities in all land-use governance decisions, we have formed and strengthen the Global Committee for Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities.

Our Executive Committee strengthens collaboration between member states and regions.

Our goals have evolved amongst different regions to focus on the primary concerns of each region or state—for example, sustainable inclusion of smallholder oil palm producers in Indonesia has become a focus this year, wherein strengthening solidarity between Amazonian Governors working towards sustainable development (through the Amazon Governors Consortium) is a focus in Brazil and Peru.

Progress towards the goals Our targets were primarily met or exceeded in 2019. High-level political engagement amongst Amazonian governors is stronger than ever, we have achieved several landmark commitments and declarations (for example, the endorsement of California's Tropical Forest Standard), and collaboration has increased throughout the entire GCF Task Force network.
How are you tracking progress of your initiative We regularly measure outcome indicators and target goals. Progress in each member state and province is displayed directly on our Knowledge Database. Additionally, we send comprehensive annual reports to our donors, which include surveys of each of our member states measuring progress and capacity toward achieving outcomes. Each member state and province also has the opportunity to share progress updates at regional exchanges and at our Annual Meeting.
Available reporting GCF Task Force Knowledge Database,


Participants Number Names
Members 38  
Companies 0
Business organisations 0
Research and educational organisations 0
Non-governmental organisations 0
National states 0
Governmental actors 0
Regional / state / county actors 38 Acre (Brazil),  Amapá (Brazil),  Amazonas (Brazil),  Maranhão (Brazil),  Mato Grosso (Brazil),  Pará (Brazil),  Rondônia (Brazil),  Roraima (Brazil),  Tocantins (Brazil),  Aceh (Indonesia),  Central Kalimantan (Indonesia),  East Kalimantan (Indonesia),  North Kalimantan (Indonesia),  Papua (Indonesia),  West Kalimantan (Indonesia),  West Papua (Indonesia),  Campeche (Mexico),  Chiapas (Mexico),  Jalisco (Mexico),  Oaxaca (Mexico),  Quintana Roo (Mexico),  Tabasco (Mexico),  Yucatán (Mexico),  Amazonas (Peru),  Huánuco (Peru),  Loreto (Peru),  Madre de Dios (Peru),  Piura (Peru),  San Martín (Peru),  Ucayali (Peru),  Caquetá (Colombia),  Pastaza (Ecuador),  Bélier (Ivory Coast),  Cavally (Ivory Coast),  Cross River State (Nigeria),  Catalonia (Spain),  California (USA),  Illinois (USA).
City / municipal actors 0
Intergovernmental organisations 0
Financial Institutions 0
Faith based organisations 0
Other members 0
Supporting partners 11 Norwegian Development Agency - Norad (Norway),  Norway's International Climate & Forest Initiative - NICFI (Norway),  United Nations Development Programme - UNDP (USA),  The Climate Group (United Kingdom),  Climate and Land Use Alliance - CLUA (USA),  Gordon and Betty Moore foundation (USA),  Rockefeller Brothers Foundation (USA),  Earth Innovation Institute - EII (USA),  Mecanismos de Desarrollo Alternos - MDA (Peru),  Pronatura Sur (Mexico),  Insitituto de Conservação e Desenvolvimento Sustentável da Amazônia - IDESAM (Brazil).
Number of members in the years
Have only national states as participators No


Transport Agriculture Forestry Business Financial institutions Buildings Industry Waste Cities and subnational governments Short Term Pollutants International maritime transport Energy Supply Fluorinated gases Energy efficiency Renewable energy Supply chain emission reductions Adaptation Other Resilience Innovation Energy Access and Efficiency Private Finance
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Last update: 8 January 2020 09:17:11

Not only have national states as participators