The SCCF under the Convention was established in 2001 to finance projects relating to adaptation;
technology transfer and capacity building; energy, transport, industry, agriculture, forestry and
waste management; and economic diversification. GEF is entrusted to operate this fund. With respect
to adaptation, the SCCF assists developing countries, particularly the most vulnerable to the impacts
of climate change, in implementing adaptation measures that reduce the vulnerability and increase the
adaptive capacity of countries. As of October 2008. 13 contributing participants (Canada, Denmark.,
Finland, Germany, Ireland, Itlay, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland) had pledged contributions to the SCCF. The
total amount pledged to date is the equivalent of USD 91 million.
Adaptation activities funded under the SCCF will be based on national communications, NAPAs (in the
case of LDCs only), national and regional relevant studies, and available information.The SCCF will
support capacity building for preventive measures, planning, preparedness and management of disasters
relating to climate change, including contingency planning for droughts and floods in areas prone to
extreme weather events. Activities funded under the SCCF will also include improving the monitoring
of diseases and vectors affected by climate change, improving disease control and prevention,
forecasting and early warning systems, and strengthening and establishing national and regional
centers and information networks for rapid response to extreme weather events. There are 15 approved
SCCF Adaptation Programme projects totaling USD 67.5 million and 14 projects in the pipeline that are
expected to request approximately USD 46 million.
Accessing Resources Under the Special Climate Change Fund provides a detailed step-by-step
guide on accessing funding through the SCCF.