UN Environment and Partners Advance Developing Countries’ Readiness to Access Climate Finance

Seminar topics included the Fund’s accreditation and project submission procedures, its alternative streamlined accreditation process for smaller entities and the Fund’s Readiness programme which offers workshops, some technical assistance and south-south cooperation grants.

Organized annually, this year’s workshop also focused on developing gender-responsive projects in line with the Fund’s new gender policy and action plan to strengthen equal access to resources for women and men, promoting human rights and biodiversity as well as areas of collaboration with other climate funds.

“The seminar paves the path for developing countries, particularly Small Island Developing States and Least Developed Countries, to access critical funds that will help vulnerable communities adapt to climate change,” said Isabelle Louis, Acting Regional Director and Representative, United Nations Environment Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific. “It is also good to see that attention is paid to gender dimensions when accessing the Fund, given that climate change affects women and men differently and women constitute a significant proportion of the vulnerable population.”

Ms Savali Matio, Aid Advisor, Ministry of Finance and Economic Development, Tuvalu said the seminar was a valuable opportunity to have individual discussions with both Adaptation Fund and UN Environment Programme experts. “I really gained a lot from being able to sit with experts and discuss our particular case and the challenges that we are facing in achieving accreditation.”

Aspiring and accredited National Implementing Entities at the seminar shared lessons on the accreditation process and project development. One-on-one clinics provided aspiring entities the chance to discuss their cases individually with the Adaptation Fund Board and get advice tailored to their needs.

Cook Islands, Indonesia and India are the only Asia-Pacific countries accredited to the Adaptation Fund so far. Cook Islands received accreditation recently with United Nations Environment support, making it the 6th Small Island Developing State to be accredited to the Adaptation Fund. The United Nations Environment Asia Pacific, with financial support from the Ministry of the Environment of Japan, is supporting Bhutan, Cambodia, Maldives, Nepal, Palau, Samoa, Sri Lanka and Tuvalu to develop institutional and financial management capacities, as well as the fiduciary requirements necessary for Adaptation Fund accreditation.

For further information, please contact: For further information please contact:
Ms. Satwant Kaur, Regional Information Officer, United Nations Environment Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, Tel: + (66 2) 2882127; Mobile: +(66 8) 17001376, Email: satwant.kaur@unep.org

About the Adaptation Fund

Established in 2001 at the 7th Conference of Parties to the UNFCCC in Marrakech, Morocco and officially launched in 2007 in Bali, Indonesia, the Adaptation Fund finances concrete climate change adaptation projects and programmes in developing countries that help vulnerable communities. Since 2010, the Fund has committed US$ 354.9 million in 61 countries for climate adaptation and resilience activities. The Fund is operated by the AFB with the Global Environment Facility (GEF) as the Secretariat and the World Bank as the Trustee.