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
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.