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The Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF)


The Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF) was established under the Convention in 2001 to finance projects relating to: adaptation; technology transfer and capacity building; energy, transport, industry, agriculture, forestry and waste management; and economic diversification.  This fund should complement other funding mechanisms for the implementation of the Convention ( pdf-icon decision 7/CP.7 (163 kB) ). 

The Global Environment Facility (GEF), as an operating entity of the Financial Mechanism, has been entrusted to operate the SCCF. In 2004, the GEF Council approved a programming document which provides the operational basis for funding activities under the SCCF (pdf-icon GEF/C.24/12).

Recent Developments
In decision 4/CP.16, the COP decided to conclude the assessment of the status of implementation of paragraph 2 of decision 1/CP.12 and to request the GEF to include in its report to COP 17 information on the implementation of paragraph 2 (a–d) of decision 7/CP.7, which was reiterated in decision 11/CP.17.

Additionally, COP 17 requested the GEF to clarify the concept of additional costs as applied to different types of adaptation projects under the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) and the SCCF which seek to respond to climate change risks, and to continue to provide financial resources to developing countries for strengthening existing and, where needed, establishing national and regional systematic observation and monitoring networks under the LDCF and the SCCF.

SBI 36 encouraged donor countries to continue providing funding to the SCCF and invited the GEF to raise awareness on the need for adequate and predictable resources under the SCCF for country-driven activities.

At COP 19, Parties requested the GEF to further specify the steps it has undertaken in response to the request to consider, through the SCCF, how to enable activities for the preparation of the national adaptation plan process for interested developing country Parties that are not least developed country Parties (decision 9/CP.18, paragraph 1(c)).

Key Documents

GEF Results-Based Management Framework for LDCF and SCCF, October 2008


GEF Implementation of Results-Based Management Framework under the LDCF and SCCF, November 2009


GEF Updated Handbook Technology Needs Assessment for Climate Change November 2010

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Accessing Resources under the SCCF, April 2011

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SCCF Adaptation Monitoring and Assessment Tool (AMAT), May 2011

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Evaluation of the SCCF, April 2012

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Clarification on the Concept of Additional Costs of Adaptation to Climate Change, June 2012

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Private Sector Engagement in Climate Change Adaptation: Prepared by the GEF Secretariat in Collaboration with the International Finance Corporation, June 2012

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Updated 28 October 2013

Latest Decisions
COP 17 decision
pdf-icon Decision 11/CP.17

COP 16 decision
pdf-icon Decision 4/CP.16 (12 kB)
Relevant GEF documents/links
Report of the GEF to COP 19 (FCCC/CP/2013/3)

GEF - SCCF page

LDCF / SCCF Council Meetings