The Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) was
established to support a work programme to assist Least Developed Country Parties (LDCs) carry out,
inter alia, the preparation and implementation of national adaptation
programmes of action (NAPAs).
The Global Environment Facility (GEF), as an operating
entity of the Financial Mechanism of the Convention, has been entrusted to operate this
The Conference of the Parties (COP), at its eleventh session, agreed on provisions to operationalize
the LDCF to support the implementation of NAPAs, providing guidance with regards to priority areas,
and provisions on full-cost funding and a co-financing scale (Decision
COP 20 welcomed the increased allocation and disbursement of funds to LDCs under the LDCF and noted
with appreciation the additional contributions by Parties to the LDCF. It also noted that the LDCF
has financed the preparation of 51 NAPAs, of which 50 have been completed, and has approved the
funding for 159 NAPA implementation projects and for programmes in 48 LDCs (as at 3 December 2014).
COP 20 requested the GEF:
- To share, in its next report, lessons learned and progress made in its pilot accreditation of GEF
national project agencies;
- To enhance communication with its implementing agencies and to encourage its implementing
agencies to enhance their communication with countries to facilitate a timely implementation of other
elements of the LDC work programme including NAPAs.
In addition, COP 20 invited the GEF:
- To continue to support the remaining activities contained in the LDC work programme;
- To include, in its annual report to the COP, information on specific actions that it has
undertaken to implement the remaining elements of the LDC work programme, including the updating and
implementation of NAPAs, with a view to the COP determining, at its twenty-first session, appropriate
further guidance to be provided to the GEF.
Developed country Parties and other Parties in a position to do so were encouraged by the COP to
continue contributing on a voluntary basis to the LDCF in order to support the implementation of the
LDC work programme.
GEF Operational Guidelines for Expedited Funding for the Preparation of National Adaptation
Programs of Action by Least Developed Countries, April 2002
GEF Programming Paper for Funding the Implementation of NAPAs under the LDC Trust Fund, May
GEF Results-Based Management Framework for LDCF and SCCF, October 2008
GEF working document: Implementation of Results-Based Management Framework under the LDCF and
SCCF, November 2009
GEF Updated Handbook for conduting Technology Needs Assessment for Climate Change November
GEF publication on Accessing Financing under the Least Developed Countries Fund, May
Latest updates on the SCCF/LDCF
Annual Reports to the COP
by Parties and relevant organizations on the LDCF (FCCC/SBI/2014/MISC.3)