International Partners

  • Global Environment Facility (GEF): Major Donor.

The GEF unites 182 countries in partnership with international institutions, civil society organizations (CSOs), and the private sector to address global environmental issues while supporting national sustainable development initiatives. Today the GEF is the largest public funder of projects to improve the global environment. An independently operating financial organization, the GEF provides grants for projects related to biodiversity, climate change, international waters, land degradation, the ozone layer, and persistent organic pollutants.
The GEF is funding the ForCES project implementation with a grant of USD 2,8 million under GEF 4 released over 6 years from October 2011 until June 2017.
For more information, visit www.thegef.org.

  • United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP): Project Supervision

The mission of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is to provide leadership and encourage partnership in caring for the environment by inspiring, informing and enabling nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations. Based on existing GEF policies, UNEP Division of Environmental Policy Implementation (DEPI) is the Implementing Agency for this project and will be responsible for overall project supervision, to ensure consistency with GEF and UNEP policies and procedures and will provide guidance on linkages with related UNEP and GEF-funded activities. The UNEP will monitor implementation of the activities undertaken during the execution of the project and will be responsible for clearance and transmission of financial and progress reports to GEF.

  • Forest Stewardship Council (FSC): Global project management and technical backstopping on forest certification

The FSC is the lead Executing Agency at global level and will be responsible for the implementation of the project in accordance with the objectives and activities outlined in Section 3 of the project document that you can find in the RESOURCES section of this website. In addition to the global project management responsibility, FSC will provide technical input on ES certification and national standard design. ForCES is a project of the FSC Ecosystem Service Program. The overall objective of the program is to increase the applicability and relevance of FSC certification for forest management activities focusing on the provision of ecosystem services.

  • The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR): scientific backstopping

CIFOR is a nonprofit, global facility dedicated to advancing human well-being, environmental conservation and equity. CIFOR conducts research that enables more informed and equitable decision making about the use and management of forests in less-developed countries. CIFOR is an important partner in the ForCES project as its researchers are involved in demonstrating the impacts of management activities on the ecosystem services and are conducting both global and site level market analysis for demand for ES certification. CIFOR is also involved in developing the forthcoming FSC ES Procedure.

  • International Steering Committee (ISC)

The International Steering Committee aims at providing political and strategic guidance for the project. The ISC will meet at least once a year and will be responsible for overseeing and approving annual work plans, budgets, solve issues and other strategic decisions. Membership of the ISC include as of August 2016:
- UNEP
- FSC International
- CIFOR
- Ministry of Forestry of Indonesia
- FSC Chile
- Ministry of Rural Development of Vietnam
- Ministry of Forestry and Soil Conservation of Nepal