As the year comes to an end, the reality of climate change is hitting home across the globe. The proliferation of local natural disasters like the ongoing southern California wildfires have become, as GCF Task Force Governor Jerry Brown of California calls it, the "new normal." We witnessed a retraction of U.S. Leadership on climate change, and we now know that 2016 was one of the worst years for deforestation in history.
Despite the formidable challenges, 2017 has shown glimmers of hope. States in the Brazilian Amazon have reduced deforestation by 16%. The Indonesian government's efforts to reduce wildfires contributed to achieving the lowest total number of fires in the country since 2001. Peruvian GCF Task Force members established a platform to bring together public authorities, the private sector, and civil society to promote conservation of unique ecosystems.
Going into 2018, we need to continue strengthening our partnerships and networks to carry forward this positive momentum. At COP 23, Governor Jerry Brown urged subnational actors to lead the way to solve climate change by moving beyond commitments to real action. And the GCF Task Force is ready to respond to this call and drive concrete results in 2018.
In 2018, We Pledge to Continue ...
Promoting partnerships as we did at COP 23 by bringing together indigenous peoples and local communities with governmental actors, and convening leading international consumer goods companies, commodity traders, civil society organizations, and governmental leaders to harmonize private-public strategies and to eliminate commodity-driven deforestation.
Working with like-minded actors, such as our new partner the UNDP REDD+ Team, who are helping scale the work of the GCF Task Force across our global network.
Going deep as we look for the best strategies, models, and practices to test, scale and replicate our work to reduce emissions, protect forests, and work hand-in-hand with the communities living in and depending upon the world's critical forests.
Thank you for your support of the GCF Task Force in this past year and as we move onward to 2018 – together!