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SCF side event – enhancing coherence and coordination of forest finance
Date and time: Monday 23 May 2016, 13:15-14:45
Venue: Meeting room Bonn III, World Conference Center Bonn, Bonn, Germany

The SCF presented an overview of its work on coherence and coordination of forest finance. Moreover, the side event served as a platform for exchanging views and information on how to enhance coherence and coordination of forest finance, including in the area of results-based payments.

Participation
This event was open to all Parties and observers attending the Bonn Climate Change Conference in May 2016.

Co-facilitators
Georg Børsting (SCF member)
Outi Honkatukia (SCF member, co-chair)

Programme
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Summary Report
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Presentation slides
Presentation on the outcomes of the Third Forum of the SCF: Issues relating to finance for forests
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Presentation on forest finance in climate strategies and policies by Minister Paul Oquist Kelley, Nicaragua (SCF member)
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Juan Chang, Green Climate Fund
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Jyoti Mathur-Filipp, UN-REDD Programme
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Benjamin Singer, United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF)
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Fabiola Navarrete, National Forestry Commission of Mexico (CONAFOR)
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If you have any question, please contact the secretariat at standingcommittee@unfccc.int.

Recent work of the SCF on enhancing coherence and coordination of forest finance

The SCF initiated in 2014 its consideration on the issue of coherence and coordination of financing for forests and its third forum on forest finance. In its consideration, the SCF decided to prepare a working paper on the issue of coherence and coordination of financing for forests and invited its members and interested observers to provide relevant information/case studies. Received submissions can be accessed here. In 2015, the working paper was published as the background document for the 2015 SCF forum on forest finance. The working paper can be found in 2015 SCF forum website.

In 2015, the SCF organized the third SCF forum, entitled “Enhancing coherence and coordination of forest financing”, which took place on 8 and 9 September 2015 in Durban, South Africa. More information on the third SCF forum, including the presentation slides can be found on the 2015 SCF forum website. Based on the outcomes of the third SCF forum, the SCF prepared conclusions and recommendations for consideration by the COP, as contained in pdf-icon annex II of the SCF report to COP 21. COP 21 noted the recommendations from the SCF by pdf-icon decision 6/CP.21.

In 2016, the SCF agreed to undertake the following activities, to improve coherence and coordination of forest finance, to build upon the rich discussions that took place at the 2015 SCF forum and the momentum generated:
  1. An overview of forest finance flows in the 2016 biennial assessment and overview of climate finance flows;
  2. Consideration of reaching out to entities financing the activities referred to in decision 1/CP.16, paragraph 70, and other relevant stakeholders working on forest finance to strengthen the coherence and coordination between the forestry sector and sectors that drive deforestation and forest degradation, and in the access to and delivery of support
  3. Organization of an SCF side event in conjunction with a UNFCCC conference session in 2016, to facilitate the interactions among the financing entities providing forest finance
  4. Consideration of the outcomes of the above-mentioned activities at SCF meetings, with a view to preparing SCF recommendations for COP 22 on, inter alia, draft guidance to the operating entities of the Financial Mechanism.

In addition, the SCF was represented by Mr. Georg Børsting at the third voluntary meeting on the coordination of support for the implementation of REDD+ activities, which took place on 23 May 2016, who delivered a presentation on behalf of the SCF.
The presentation slides are available pdf-icon here (370 kB) .

All relevant SCF meeting documents relating to forest finance can be found here.


Mandate
In Warsaw, by pdf-icon decision 7/CP.19, the Conference of the Parties (COP) requested the Standing Committee on Finance (SCF) to consider, in its work on coherence and coordination, inter alia, the issue of financing for forests, taking into account different policy approaches. Furthermore by pdf-icon decision 9/CP.19, the COP also requested the SCF to focus its soonest possible forum on issues related to finance for forests, including the implementation of the activities referred to in decision 1/CP.16, paragraph 70, inter alia: (a) Ways and means to transfer payments for results-based actions as referred to in decision 1/CP.18, paragraph 29; (b) The provision of financial resources for alternative approaches. COP 19 further requested the SCF to invite experts on the implementation of the activities referred to in decision 1/CP.16, paragraph 70, to the forum.

At COP 20 in Lima, by pdf-icon decision 6/CP.20, the COP encouraged the SCF to continue to engage with all relevant actors working on forests in the preparation of the forum, with a view to ensuring broad participation. By the same decision, the COP invited the SCF to consider, in the context of its third forum, inter alia, decisions relevant to activities referred to in decision 1/CP.16 paragraph 70, including decisions 1/CP.16, 2/CP.17, 12/CP.17 as well as decision 9/CP.19 to 15/CP.19.

At COP 21 in Paris, by pdf-icon decision 6/CP.21, the COP welcomed the third forum of the SCF on enhancing the coherence and coordination of forest financing, held on 8 and 9 September 2015 in Durban, South Africa. Furthermore, the COP noted the recommendations of the SCF on its third forum, as contained in pdf-icon annex II of the SCF report to COP 21.


Past events of the SCF on forest finance

SCF Webinar on coherence and coordination of financing for forests
Tuesday 19 May 2015:
First run: 09:00–10:30, CEST (Germany Time);
Second run: 15:00–16:30, CEST (Germany Time)

This webinar, hosted by the Standing Committee on Finance working group on forest finance, provided a further opportunity to Parties and observers to exchange their views and inputs on the work of the Standing Committee on Finance related to coherence and coordination: financing for forests, as well as on the Standing Committee on Finance forum on issues related to finance for forests.

Participation
This webinar was open to Standing Committee on Finance members, Parties and admitted observers.

Agenda
  • A brief presentation by Parties and observers that provided their inputs to the Standing Committee on Finance
  • The Standing Committee on Finance working paper on coherence and coordination: financing for forests: scope of the paper and further input
  • The third Standing Committee on Finance forum: Scope of the forum, expectations, potential case studies and resources

Video recordings of the webinar
Please click here to view the recording of the first run.
Please click here to view the recording of the second run.

Presentation slides

Slides for the presentation are available pdf-icon here (356 kB) .

Link to the third SCF forum webpage
Click here to go to the webpage for the third SCF Forum.