26 nations, EU launch Forests and Climate Leaders’ Partnership

Leaders from 26 countries and the European Union (EU) recently came together to launch the Forests and Climate Leaders’ Partnership (FCLP) at the inaugural Forest and Climate Leaders’ Summit at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP27) in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt. The partnership will be co-chaired by the United States and Ghana, who will preside over its first ministerial meeting on November 12.

It will help deliver the commitment made at COP26 by over 140 world leaders to halt and reverse forest loss and land degradation by 2030 while delivering sustainable development and promoting an inclusive rural transformation. It will unite action by government, business and community leaders, said a UK government press release.

These actions are fundamental to adapting to climate change and have the potential to deliver up to 30 per cent of the emissions reductions needed to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement, while securing global biodiversity, economic prosperity and food supplies.

FCLP’s action areas are international collaboration on the sustainable land use economy; mobilising public and donor finance to support implementation; shifting the private finance system; supporting indigenous peoples’ and local communities’ initiatives; strengthening and scaling carbon markets for forests; and partnerships and incentives for preserving high-integrity forests.

Member countries represent the northern forests of Canada, the tropical and sub-tropical rainforests of the Amazon, Australasia, Africa and Asia, and the financial and economic centres of the world.

Members will work closely with the private sector, civil society, international and multilateral organisations and community leaders to implement and rapidly scale up solutions on deforestation, forest degradation, reforestation and sustainable forest and land use management, that reflect each members’ national context and priorities as well as the urgency of the global climate and biodiversity crises.

FCLP member nations are Australia, Canada, Colombia, Congo, Costa Rica, Ecuador, the European Union, Finland, Fiji, France, Gabon, Germany, Ghana, Guyana, Indonesia, Japan, Kenya, Korea, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Singapore, Sweden, Tanzania, the United Kingdom, the United State and Vietnam.

“For too long the world’s forests have been undervalued and underestimated. They are one of the great natural wonders of our world, and with the loss of our forests accounting for more than 10 per cent of global emissions, protecting them is one of the best ways of getting us back on track to 1.5 degrees,” UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said.

“Let’s build on what we have achieved and together secure this incredible legacy for our children and the many generations to come,” he added.

Forest and Climate Leaders’ Partnership launched at COP27

The Forest and Climate Leaders’ Partnership (FCLP), a voluntary partnership of 26 countries committed to accelerating momentum to halt and reverse forest loss and land degradation by 2030, was launched on November 7th at COP27.

The FCLP was launched by world leaders including the EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, and the leaders of France, Ghana, Congo, Colombia, and Germany. The partnership of countries, which account for over 33% of the world’s forests and nearly 60% of the world’s GDP, will run annual high-level events to build the delivery of and accountability to global forest commitments. It also aims to provide a space for governments to create collective consensus about how to drive progress towards the 2030 target to halt and reverse forest loss and land degradation.

The partnership is co-chaired by the US and Ghana, with member countries committing to lead in FCLP action areas that are then supported, led, established or showcased by the FCLP. These action areas are:

  • International collaboration on the sustainable land use economy and supply chains
  • Mobilising public and donor finance to support implementation
  • Shifting the private finance system
  • Supporting Indigenous Peoples’ and local communities’ initiatives
  • Strengthening and scaling carbon markets for forests
  • Partnerships and incentives for preserving high-integrity forests.

In this first FCLP event, progress and new commitments on halting and reversing forest loss by 2030 were announced. New commitments include Germany doubling its finance for forests from €1 billion to €2 billion through 2025, and an additional $3.6 billion of private capital committed at COP27.

Also on the first day of COP27, leaders from the UK, Palau, Nigeria, Costa Rica, France, and the United States reasserted support for the 30×30 target, which commits countries to a global effort to achieve the protection of at least thirty percent of the planet’s land and ocean by 2030 to help curb biodiversity loss and climate change.

Read more about the new FCLP in a press release from the UK Government.