Main Issue

The Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF) was established in response to guidance from the Conference of the Parties (COP7) in Marrakech in 2001. The SCCF complements the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF). Unlike the LDCF, the SCCF is open to all vulnerable developing countries. In addition, it funds a wider range of activities related to climate change. As of 2017, the SCCF has a portfolio of nearly US$350 million in voluntary contributions supporting 77 projects in 79 countries.

Adaptation is the top priority. But the SCCF also funds, through separate financing windows, technology transfer, mitigation in selected sectors including: energy, transport, industry, agriculture, forestry and waste management; and economic diversification. Read more+


What We Do

Through the GEF, and with guidance from the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the SCCF targets key sectors for adaptation and technology transfer.

The SCCF is the only adaptation fund open to all vulnerable developing countries. Not surprisingly, the demand for resources far outstrips what’s available. Each year, the GEF receives about US$250 million in requests for adaptation support. Read more+


An independent evaluation of the SCCF in 2011 found that its adaptation projects were relevant to COP guidance, and highly relevant to the national sustainable development agendas of beneficiary countries, contributing to socio-economic development. It also found that projects use innovative approaches to overcome lack of data on many emerging adaptation issues. And it reported that the GEF was managing the SCCF in a highly cost-effective way. Read more+