Equity and Efficiency in the Adaptation Fund: Prioritizing Among the ‘Particularly Vulnerable’

Elise Remling, Åsa Persson, M Davis

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Given the great need and limited resources available to support adaptation to climate change impacts, it is crucial that funds be deployed equitably and efficiently. While the Adaptation Fund has several innovative features and has made quick progress in starting to disburse funds, the extent to which its allocation criteria have been applied to date is unclear.

The Adaptation Fund’s record reflects the fact that while its mandate is to support countries that are “particularly vulnerable” to climate impacts, the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) have failed to define that term. The Adaptation Fund Board has chosen not to come up with its own definition.

A review of the 48 proposals submitted as of June 2012, including 25 that were approved, shows countries with a wide range of socio-economic conditions and physical exposure to climate change have sought and obtained finance.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationStockholm
PublisherStockholm Environment Institute (SEI)
Number of pages4
VolumeSEI Policy Brief
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2012
Externally publishedYes

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NameSEI Policy Brief


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