1. Jurisdictions interested in becoming a member of the GCF are required to be an observer for at least one year. Once that condition is met, the Governor of the jurisdiction must submit a Letter of Interest in Membership to the GCF Secretariat and GCF Chair. The letter must explain the state/province’s interest in becoming a member and its experiences as an observer, confirm its commitment to the GCF’s goals and objectives, and identify who its two designated GCF representatives would be.
  2. Tropical forest states/provinces should provide background information about their forests, deforestation drivers and rates, experience with low emissions rural development and REDD+, related laws, policies, projects and programs (both existing and planned), what they anticipate contributing and gaining from GCF membership, and any other relevant information.
  3. Jurisdictions from developed countries should provide background information about their climate change laws, policies, programs, and activities, what they anticipate contributing and gaining from GCF membership, and their interest in reduced emissions from tropical deforestation and land use.
  4. The letter from the Governor must be accompanied by a letter of support from a founding GCF member (California, Illinois, Acre, Amapá, Amazonas, Pará, Mato Grosso, Aceh, and Papua) that explains why the state/province should be admitted to the GCF. Jurisdictions are encouraged to participate in GCF activities and interact with GCF members during their time as an observer to help facilitate this process.
  5. Both letters must be received one month prior to the first day of GCF Annual Meeting.
  6. The GCF Secretariat will present the letters to the GCF members for their consideration before the GCF Annual Meeting, where voting on new membership occurs. The jurisdiction will continue to be an observer during this time period before the vote (see above for more information on observers).
  7. Votes on new members must take place at the GCF Annual Meeting, except under special circumstances. A representative from the jurisdiction seeking membership is recommended to attend the Annual Meeting at which the vote will take place.
  8. New members must be accepted by consensus.
  9. New members will have the same rights as founding members, with the exception of the ability to nominate a new member.
  10. New members are required to adopt all key GCF guiding documents.
  11. New members are expected to engage in GCF activities as outlined in Member Expectations below.

Member Expectations

The GCF members are those states and provinces that were (1) part of the founding member group (signatories of the 2008 Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) and the State of Acre); or (2) nominated by a founding GCF member and approved for formal membership by consensus by the current GCF members (JAP at 8-9). Members are expected to:

  1. Make executive decisions on recommendations to implement the MOU forest sector provisions.
  2. Work with the other members to coordinate GCF activities with their respective national governments.
  3. Respond to GCF communications and deliverables.
  4. Attend and actively participate in GCF meetings and workshops.
  5. Engage with stakeholders in their state/province and encourage their involvement in GCF activities.
  6. Disseminate information about GCF activities to stakeholders and the media.
  7. Create and dissolve technical/advisory bodies, and approve Secretariat proposals for the hiring of technical consultants to assist with deliverables.
  8. Assist the Secretariat in identifying needed consultant and expert support.
  9. Ensure smooth transitions between administrations or during other times of key staff turnover.
  10. Identify institutional and funding support for GCF activities.
  11. Regularly update the GCF members, Coordinators and Secretariat about REDD+ advances in their state/province, including through the GCF REDD+ Knowledge Database effort.