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Funding Options for Adaptation
Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF)
Funding Source UN Organizations, Multilateral banks
Focal Sector/s Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries; population and human settlements, biodiversity and terrestrial ecosystems; oceans and coastal areas; health
Nature of disbursement Grant
Cofinancing Yes
Eligible Region Asia-Pacific, Africa, South and Central America, Small Island Developing States, Least Developed Countries
Summary Note

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.

The pdf-icon document Accessing Resources Under the Special Climate Change Fund provides a detailed step-by-step guide on accessing funding through the SCCF.

  • Mainstreaming Adaptation to Climate Change Into Water Resources Management and Rural Development funded by IBRD (China)
  • Mongolia Livestock Sector Adaptation Project funded by IFAD (Mongolia)
  • Conservancy Adaptation Project  funded by IBRD (Guyana)
Contact details for further information GEF Secretariat
1818 H Street , NW, MSN G6-602
Washington, DC 20433, U.S.A.
Tel:  +1(202) 473 0508 - Fax: +1(202) 522 3240/3245
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