United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
Grants for projects and programs that address the adverse risks and impacts posed by climate change.
Principal Office: International
The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is an international environmental treaty developed at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro in 1992 (the “Earth Summit”).
The resulting Kyoto Protocol was accepted by most of the world’s countries as a legally binding measure to stabilize atmospheric greenhouse gases at a level that will prevent human-caused interference with the world’s climate system.
The UNFCCC uses the Adaptation Fund to make grants for projects and programs in developing countries that are Parties to the Kyoto Protocol.
Grant Programs for Agriculture, Energy, Environment, Natural Resources
Adaptation Fund. The Adaptation Fund makes grants for projects and programs that address the adverse impacts of, and risks posed by, climate change. Themes include measures to increase resilience against the threats of droughts, flooding, coastal erosion, etc., and the negative impacts they cause for agriculture, fisheries, water supply, and related aspects of community livelihoods.
Eligibility for grants extends to countries which are Parties to the Kyoto Protocol, with emphasis on developing countries that are particularly vulnerable to the adverse effects of climate change. Grants are primarily to government organizations such as national ministries, development institutes, local government authorities, and others – sometimes in partnership with civil society organizations.
Small-size projects and programs are under US$1 million. Regular projects and programs are over US$1 million.
Project proposals are submitted through any of the Fund’s national, regional, or multilateral Implementing Entities. Proposals need to be endorsed by Designated Authorities in the countries where the projects and programs are implemented.
Proposals can be submitted three times a year: twice before the biannual Adaptation Fund Board meetings and once during an intersessional review cycle.
Geographical Distribution of Grant Activities in Developing Countries
The following developing countries have ratified the Kyoto Protocol (i.e. via acceptance, approval, or accession), applying the regional geographic structure of the Terra Viva Grants Directory.
Southeast Asia and Pacific Islands: Cambodia, Fiji, Indonesia, Kiribati, Laos, Malaysia, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Myanmar, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Vietnam
East Asia: China, Mongolia, North Korea
South Asia: Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka
Eurasia and Central Asia: Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan
Eastern Europe and Russia: Albania, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Moldova, Russia, Serbia, Ukraine
Middle East and North Africa: Algeria, Bahrain, Brunei, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Yemen
Sub-Saharan Africa: Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Dem Rep of Congo, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Latin America and Caribbean: Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, Venezuela
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Funded Projects is a guide to the activities of the Adaptation Fund since year 2010.
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