Access to Adaptation Finance

Supporting Access to Adaptation Finance

UNEP supports countries in accessing available adaptation finance. As one of the Multilateral Implementing Agencies of the various funds managed by the GEF (Global Environment Facility, Least Developed Countries Fund, Special Climate Change Fund), UNEP assists vulnerable countries - in particular Least Developed Countries and Small Island Developing States - to access adaptation finance for implementing adaptation priorities and measures identified through National Adaptation Programmes of Action (NAPAs), National Communications and Technology Needs Assessments. As a Multilateral Implementing Entity (MIE) of the Adaptation Fund, UNEP also assists countries in developing and submitting adaptation project proposals to the Adaptation Fund.

Building Capacity for Direct Access to the Adaptation Fund

For countries that prefer direct access to working with an implementing agency, UNEP also provides support for the Direct Access Adaptation Fund process, including assisting countries with establishing National Implementing Entities (NIEs). Through its global reach, UNEP’s NIE support programme assists countries in Latin America, Africa, and throughout the Asia-Pacific region, facilitating access to adaptation finance and national institutional capacity development. UNEP works closely with governments to develop appropriate systems and cross-cutting institutional arrangements for effective decision-making, management and disbursement of climate change financing. UNEP has received numerous requests for direct access support from countries and is committed to helping countries meet the Adaptation Fund Board’s fiduciary, institutional and project/programme management standards.

To build national capacity and enable direct access to the Adaptation Fund, UNEP:

  • Provides advisory services on institutional capabilities required for direct access
  • Facilitates capacity assessment associated with compliance of fiduciary standards.
  • Identifies key capacities that already exist and additional capacities that may be needed of an appropriate entity
  • Supports national entities to prepare a capacity development strategy and address any capacity gaps which may include financial management, procurement, and monitoring and evaluation.
  • Identifies relevant expertise to implement the capacity development strategy and address any capacity gaps identified for fiduciary, institutional and programme management.
  • Provides support services to national entities for preparing an application for accreditation for direct access.
Access to Adaptation Finance Programmes