Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF)


The SCCF was established to support adaptation and technology transfer in all developing country parties to the UNFCCC


There are two active funding windows under SCCF: Adaptation window (SCCF-A) and Technology Transfer window (SCCF-B). To date, some $333.1 million has been pledged to the SCCF, of which $299.1 million has been paid.


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.


Facts and Figures


The SCCF has experienced steady growth in recent years, however, the demand for SCCF adaptation resources remains high and significantly exceeds current supply of resources. To date, 66 countries have accessed a total of $242.26 million for 58 projects under the SCCF. Of the total resources approved, $201.75 million was for 50 projects under the SCCF Adaptation Program (SCCF-A), while 8 projects has been approved under the SCCF Program for Technology Transfer (SCCF-B), with total grant resources amounting to $40.50 million.


The largest share of SCCF financing is directed towards enhancing the resilience of water resources management and agriculture, with 27 percent of approved resources for each sector. 

Ten percent of the SCCF resources approved support entirely cross-cutting projects, primarily under the Program for Technology Transfer.  Coastal zone and natural resources management are another priority sectors for SCCF financing, with 9 percent of the resources approved respectively. 


SCCF financing directed towards Africa and Asia amount to 29 and 28 percent of total funding approvals, respectively. Latin America and the Caribbean, and Europe and Central Asia follow with 22 per cent and 13 per cent of approvals, respectively. In addition, 13 SIDS had accessed $18.96 million from the SCCF, or some 8 per cent of total approvals.


SCCF-B and Poznan Strategic Program


In November 2008, the Council approved the Strategic Program on Technology Transfer, which included a funding window of $50 million with $15 million coming from the SCCF- B and $35 million from the GEF Trust Fund. There are three funding windows to support technology transfer under the Poznan Strategic Program, namely (1) technology needs assessments (TNAs); (2) piloting priority technology projects linked to TNAs; and (3) dissemination of GEF experience and successfully demonstrated ESTs. Under this program, SCCF-B resources contributed to a global TNA project and 1 piloting project. 


SCCF Achievements


The GEF Evaluation Office recently finalized the Special Climate Change Fund Evaluation, which was approved by the LDCF/SCCF Council during its 11th Meeting, in November 2011. The Evaluation supports, inter alia, the following conclusions about SCCF:
  • SCCF has a clear track of implementing innovative adaptation and technology transfer projects on the ground by: a) adhering to COP guidance (relevance); b) addressing adaptation needs through innovative schemes and emphasizing project sustainability (effectiveness); c) being cost-effective in its operations (efficiency).

  • SCCF projects are relevant and consistent with countries' needs, national plans, and strategies regarding climate change adaptation, emphasizing demand-driven support

Accessing the SCCF Resources  


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


Relevant Links


SCCF contacts at the Global Environment Facility

Mr. Rawleston Moore - phone (+1) (202) 473 8231; e-mail: rmoore1@thegef.org
Ms. Saliha Dobardzic - phone (+1) (202) 473 5943; e-mail: sdobardzic@thegef.org
Mr. Roland Sundstrom - phone (+1) (202) 473 7510; e-mail: ksundstrom@thegef.org
Ms. Fareeha Iqbal - phone (+1) (202) 473 1663; e-mail: fiqbal1@thegef.org
Mr. Dustin Schinn - phone (+1) (202) 458 1234; e-mail: dschinn@thegef.org
Ms. Chibulu Luo - phone (+1) (202) 458 9212; e-mail: cluo@thegef.org