The Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF), established by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in 2001, is managed by the Global Environment Facility. To date, its portfolio of 88 projects has been supported by $364 million in grant resources. It is delivering adaptation benefits to nearly 9 million vulnerable people in developing countries, building resilience through improved management of 5 million hectares of land, and mainstreaming climate resilience in 462 policies and plans.

Extensive consultations with stakeholders guided development of a new strategy for 2022-2026. The strategy builds on existing strengths, while filling two major gaps in the adaptation finance landscape. Its two funding windows focus on supporting the adaptation needs of SIDS (window A) and strengthening technology transfer, innovation and private sector engagement (window B).

This publication explains the two funding windows and details two SCCF climate adaptation projects.

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