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FCMC Newsletter October 2014

by Portal Web Editor last modified Feb 16, 2015 10:54 AM
Contributors: FCMC
A brief summary of some significant accomplishments and activities undertaken by FCMC over the past quarter. All of the reports and publications can be found on our website at If you have any questions or would like further information, please contact Maggie Roth at or Arjun Khosa at

The US Agency for International Development (USAID) has launched the Forest Carbon, Markets and Communities (FCMC) Program to provide its missions, partner governments, local and international stakeholders with assistance in developing and implementing REDD+ initiatives. FCMC services include analysis, evaluation, tools and guidance for program design support; training materials; and meeting and workshop development and facilitation that support US Government contributions to international REDD+ architecture.

Recent News and Events

REDD+ Finance Workshop, Antigua, Guatemala

FCMC supported the first of two workshops on REDD+ Finance Options and the Links to National REDD+ Strategies and Climate Negotiations in Guatemala. The workshop covered a range of REDD+ related funding sources, financial instruments, and markets that can contribute to a REDD+ financing plan. For more information, click here.

FCMC-supported LULUCF primer now available in 3 languages

The report, Understanding Land Use in the UNFCCC, with the objective of increasing the technical understanding of how emissions and removals from the land sector are reported and accounted under the UNFCCC, and its accompanying summary is available in English, French and Spanish here.

Second FCMC Regional Capacity Building Workshop in Lima, Peru

FCMC partners co-hosted a Regional Capacity Building workshop in collaboration with the Peruvian Ministry of Environment and SilvaCarbon. For the full story, click here.

Launch of Huila’s Climate Change Plan: Huila 2050

The first ever climate change plan for a department in Colombia, Plan Huila 2050, was launched on Tuesday, July 22, in the city of Neiva, the capital of Huila. The Plan was developed under the framework of the project ‘Huila 2050: Preparing for Climate Change’ supported by FCMC and USAID. The goal of the project, which began in 2012, was to develop a climate change plan for the department of Huila that integrated mitigation and adaptation actions, and served as a tool to covert Huila into a climate-smart territory. To read the full webstory about the launch, click HERE. To read the full Climate Change Action Plan and Vulnerability Assessment reports and executive summaries in English or Spanish, click HERE.

FCMC-organized Congo Basin REDD+ Capacity Building Workshop

FCMC, with collaborators IUCN and USFS, organized the Congo Basin REDD+ Capacity building workshop Brazzaville, Congo. The workshop, geared toward REDD+ negotiators and civil society organizations, was planned to complement the Anchor Conference for the CBFP, a regional institution for forest practitioners, policymakers, donors and international organizations from the Congo Basin region and their supports. For more information, click HERE.

REDD+ and Biodiversity Conservation

This past quarter, FCMC announced publication of two reports, a synthesis paper and brief that cover the key findings and analysis from a long-term study on the intersection between biodiversity conservation and REDD+. These documents explore the linkages made between the two areas in projects and national strategies, and provide conclusions and recommendations for future programming. Click HERE for the reports and French and Spanish translations. Click HERE for a webstory on a capacity building workshop organized by the CBD and UNEP-WCMC on the links between REDD+ and the Aichi Biodiversity Targets in San Jose, Costa Rica.

Although FCMC is funded by USAID, the content of this email, as well as the documents found on the FCMC website, do not necessarily represent an official policy or position of the US government in general, nor USAID in particular.

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