Germany and the Adaption Fund – A Story of Success

Being a forerunner not only in national climate adaption the German government fosters many international climate adaption programs. It is the top contributor to the Adaptation Fund, with over US$ 362 million committed from Germany to the Fund to date, which has been sincerely appreciated by the Adaptation Fund Board, enabling it to address the adaptation and resilience needs of vulnerable populations in developing countries. Also, Germany is a world leader in setting a positive example toward implementing the goals of the landmark Paris Agreement to restrict global warming and enhance adaptation activities.

With advanced infrastructure and technology, Germany is fast working toward climate neutrality. Its Climate Action Plan 2050 adopted in November 2016 is the first government document that maps out a plan to achieve near greenhouse gas neutrality in the country by 2050.

Germany is also one of the biggest partners of developing countries in cooperating on both climate change mitigation and adaptation. It aims to double its international climate financing to other countries by the year 2020 compared to 2014. Contributing to the Adaptation Fund is a key aspect of its global efforts. Especially the approach of an equal partnership between donor and recipient countries is seen as important by the German government.

In 2016, when Germany announced a EUR 50 million contribution to the Adaptation Fund at COP 22, Jochen Flasbarth, State Secretary of the Germany’s Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU), said adaptation is “absolutely essential” for vulnerable countries and many other countries in the world. “The Adaptation Fund and financing for adaptation is of the utmost importance”, he added. Finally, from a German perspective, the direct access modality is of high importance: Karsten Sach, Director General of Climate Policy, European and International Policy of BMU, emphasized “the Fund was and still is instrumental in building up national capacities for implementing entities in line with the principle of country ownership”.

This information has been provided by the Government of Germany.

Contributions to the Adaptation Fund

Contribution Effective Date Total Contribution (US$)
September 2010 13,880,000
November 2013 27,150,000
December 2013 13,690,000
December 2014 62,290,000
December 2015 54,620,000
November 2016 52,260,000
December 2017 59,250,000
December 2018 79,640,000
December 2019 33,560,000
November 2020 59,350,000
October 2021 57,840,000
December 2022 63,740,000
Grand Total 577,250,000


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