The Adaptation Fund was established in 2001 to finance concrete adaptation projects and programmes in
developing country Parties to the Kyoto Protocol that are particularly vulnerable to the adverse effects of
The Adaptation Fund is financed with a share of proceeds from the clean development mechanism (CDM) project activities and other
sources of funding. The share of proceeds amounts to 2 per cent of certified emission reductions (CERs) issued for
a CDM project activity.
The Adaptation Fund is supervised and managed by the Adaptation Fund
Board (AFB). The AFB is composed of 16 members and 16 alternates and meets at least
twice a year (Membership of the AFB).
Upon the request at CMP 8, the secretariat prepared a technical paper, based
on the experiences of bodies under the Convention and the wider United Nations system, on the process of
selecting host institutions for entities under the Convention and the wider United Nations system, including
the steps and time frames required to conduct open and competitive bidding processes, for consideration by
In decision 1/CMP.8, the
Parties decided that for the second commitment period, the Adaptation Fund shall be further augmented through
a 2 per cent share of the proceeds levied on the first international transfers of AAUs and the issuance of
ERUs for Article 6 projects immediately upon the conversion to ERUs of AAUs or RMUs previously held by
Adaptation Fund membership
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CMP 9 welcomed the financial contributions that have been made to the AF in 2013 by the Government of
Sweden and the Brussels-Capital Region in Belgium, and the pledges of contributions to the AF made by the
Government of Austria, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Norway and Switzerland, which enabled the AF to
achieve its goal of the USD 100 million fundraising by the end of 2013.
At the same time, the CMP continued to encourage Parties included in Annex I to the Convention and
international organizations to scale up funding with a view to reaching the Board’s fundraising goal from
resources that are additional to the share of proceeds relating to CERs, AAUs and ERUs.
The CMP also decided that an account held in the CDM registry for the AF shall be the recipient of the 2 per
cent share of proceeds regarding AAUs and ERUs. In this context, Parties requested the AFB:
- To consider the arrangements for the monetization of the 2 per cent share of proceeds regarding AAUs and
ERUs and to forward a recommendation to CMP 10;
- To develop and approve the legal arrangements with the trustee regarding the services for the 2 per cent
share of proceeds regarding AAUs and ERUs for approval by the CMP.
Second review of the AF
In decision 1/CMP.3,
paragraph 33, the CMP decided to undertake a review of all matters relating to the AF, including the interim
institutional arrangements (the secretariat and the trustee) every three years. Following the initial review
of the AF concluded at CMP 8, the CMP decided that the second review will be undertaken in accordance with
the terms of reference contained in the annex to decision 2/CMP.9. In
implementing the second review, the CMP requested the AFB to make available in its report to CMP 10,
information on the financial status of the AF, with a view to finalizing the second review of the AF at the
The CMP also requested the SBI 40 to consider the second review of the AF, with a view to recommending a
draft decision for consideration and adoption at CMP 10. Furthermore, the CMP requested the secretariat
to prepare a technical paper based on the terms of reference contained in the annex to decision 2/CMP.9, taking
into account the deliberations and conclusions of SBI 40, for consideration by SBI 41. In this context, the
CMP also invited the AFB to provide, in its report to CMP 10, its views on the matters included in the terms
of reference for the second review of the AF, taking into account the deliberations and conclusions of SBI
Based on the decision above, SBI 40 considered the second review and prepared draft
conclusions including the invitation to Parties and relevant stakeholders to submit further views on the
second review and the request to the secretariat, when preparing the technical paper requested at CMP 9, to
take into consideration the views expressed by Parties at the fortieth session and the written
submissions provided before and at the session.