GEF Provides Guide on How to Access Resources under the Special Climate Change Fund

GEF Provides Guide on How to Access Resources under the Special Climate Change Fund


Programs that focus on adaptation to climate change remain to be among the significant activities being funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) to support the Coral Triangle Initiative (CTI).

The Coral Triangle is already feeling the impact of climate change on its coastal ecosystems by warming, acidifying and rising seas. Without action on climate change, coral reefs in the Coral Triangle will disappear by 2010.

Accessing Resources Under The Special Climate Change Fund

Accessing Resources Under The Special Climate Change Fund

The Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF) was established to support adaptation and technology transfer in all developing country parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)

The SCCF is managed by the GEF, complementing other funding allocated to climate change, the GEF Trust Fund, and the Least Developed Countries Trust Fund.

It was established in 2001 to finance four components: adaptation projects; transfer of technologies; energy, transport, industry, agriculture, forestry and waste management, and; economic diversification.

The SCCF supports both long-term and short-term adaptation activities in water resources management, land management, agriculture, health, infrastructure development, fragile ecosystems, including mountainous ecosystems, and integrated coastal zone management.

Accessing SCCF resources is highly competitive. There is approximately $30 million available. Geographical emphasis is given to most vulnerable countries, the Small Islands Developing States (SIDS), and Least Developed Countries (LDCs). Unlike other GEF funds, the SCCF must generate adaptation benefits and does not need to generate global environmental benefit.

In response to the guidance of the Conference of Parties (COP), the GEF Secretariat has developed a user-friendly guide on how to access SCCF resources.

There are four basic criteria for reviewing project concepts:

1. Basic adaptation benefit and cost argument for adaptation projects;
2. Fit with countries priorities;
3. Implementation setup, and;
4. Indicative budget and co-financing.

The guide, “Accessing Resources Under the Special Climate Change Fund,” has clear directions with regards to setting up the objectives, rules and policies, project cycles and reporting requirements of the SCCF. It also provides examples of approaches to different types of project plans/designs, as well as various templates for the Project Identification Form (PIF), Project Preparation Grant (PPG), and CEO Endorsement, among others.

To receive further advice or support in the preparation of initial SCCF concepts, please visit the SCCF website at:


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