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Africa region increases ambition and boosts REDD+ action
More than 60 REDD+ experts and country representatives from 22 African countries gathered recently in Cote d'Ivoire to discuss challenges and opportunities to boost action on REDD+. In her opening remarks, Mrs Nassere KABA, deputy Chief of Cabinet, Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development of Côte d’Ivoire emphasised that “REDD+ presents a pragmatic solution to fight climate change.” This workshop was the first occasion for African REDD+ countries to discuss a regional approach to collaborate in implementing REDD+ programmes across the continent. GCF is already financing REDD+ results-based payments in a number of countries.
GCF strengthens private sector push in agreement with Proparco
GCF has enhanced its ability to tap financing from the business world with the recent signing of an Accreditation Master Agreement (AMA) with Proparco, the private sector arm of the development agency of France. The AMA sets the legal framework for Proparco to begin proposing and implementing climate finance projects in developing countries as a GCF Accredited Entity. Proparco plays a pivotal role in the Choose Africa initiative, launched earlier this year by French President Emmanuel Macron to encourage EUR 2.5 billion of investment in SMEs in Africa.
Learn about GCF’s REDD+ support during June webinars
GCF will host the first of a series of REDD+ webinars on 19 and 20 June to provide information about the Fund’s support for this financing method which reduces greenhouse gases while also protecting and restoring forests. Intended for both seasoned REDD+ practitioners and those new to REDD+, the sessions will cover all three REDD+ phases - including GCF’s start in February to making Results-Based Payments to countries proven to have halted deforestation. Three separate webinars will be conducted in English, French and Spanish.
Senegal climate resilience receives a boost with funding agreement
GCF has signed an agreement with Senegal's Centre de Suivi Écologique (CSE) to enhance the ability of local populations to deal with increasing soil salinisation caused by climate change. The signing of the Funded Activity Agreement (FAA) allows for this GCF Board-approved USD 8.2 million project to begin implementation. Planned activities by CSE, a Senegalese environmental monitoring centre, include strengthening the country’s ability to mainstream climate change into land management plans.
Preventing sexual abuse in projects: Learnings from the World Bank
GCF further solidified its actions for zero-tolerance of sexual exploitation, abuse, and harassment (SEAH) by introducing an updated SEAH Policy through the Independent Redress Mechanism's (IRM) preparation of an advisory report on preventing SEAH in GCF projects. In "Preventing Sexual Abuse in Projects: Learnings from the World Bank," the Chair of the World Bank Inspection Panel Imrana Jalal shared her insights on gender-based violence at the project level and its far-reaching impacts on local communities and institutions. The talk was jointly organised by the Independent Integrity Unit (IIU) and IRM of GCF.
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