3 May 2018 @ 1:15 pm – 2:45 pm
Bonn Room (181)

UNFCCC 48th SB’s Bonn Climate Change Conference, Bonn, Germany

Adaptation Fund: Accelerating Effective Adaptation Action, Innovation & Multi-Level Global Learning

Side Event:

Thursday, 3 May 2018
Bonn Room (181)

Recorded Webcast

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When Kyoto Protocol countries decided at COP23 that the Adaptation Fund “shall serve” the Paris Agreement (PA), it recognized wide recognition and demand for AF’s concrete, tailored adaptation actions to the most vulnerable and its pioneering Direct Access modality that builds national capacities.

With CMA decisions expected at COP24, AF is helping to operationalize the PA. Its new 5-year strategy aligned with the PA & UN Sustainable Development Goals accelerates action, empowers the vulnerable, promotes gender-responsiveness, fosters innovation and collaboration.

AF leaders, country implementers, governments and CSOs provide concrete examples.

Moderated by:

Ms. Young Hee Lee, Legal and Operations Analyst, Adaptation Fund Board Secretariat


1:15-1:25 pmMr. Victor Viñas, Adaptation Fund Board Chair, Representative for Latin America and Caribbean, Dominican Republic national

Brief update on AF’s niche and growing momentum within the global climate finance landscape in supporting Paris Agreement implementation through concrete, tailored adaptation projects to most vulnerable communities and pioneering innovations such as Direct Access in building national capacities.

1:25-1:35 pmMr. Mikko Ollikainen, Manager, Adaptation Fund Board Secretariat

AF’s strategic focus on Action, Innovation and Learning & Sharing, cross-cutting actions that support most vulnerable groups, advance gender equality, build national capacities, and complement other climate funds.


1:35-1:45 pmMs. Simone Dias, Data Consultant, Monitoring, Evaluation and Data Management Unit, Department of Environment (DOE), Antigua and Barbuda


DOE is AF’s National Implementing Entity for Antigua and Barbuda. Ms. Dias will speak to innovative project in country to manage water overflow during storms and climate-proof homes for the most vulnerable groups.

1:45-1:55 pmMr. Faustin Munyazikwiye, Deputy Director General, Rwanda Environment Management Authority


Innovative AF-funded project in Rwanda, sustainable land/water management and farming methods and advancing gender equality through a Green Village and agricultural terracing to adapt to extreme rainfall.

1:55-2:05 pmMs. Dina Kisbi, Director of Climate Change, Jordan Ministry of Environment


Brief look at Jordan’s AF portfolio, progress of innovative aspects of project; value of Direct Access.

2:05-2:15 pmMr. Emmanuel Seck, Programme Manager, ENDA Energy, Senegal, member of Adaptation Fund NGO Network; and Ms. Julia Grimm, Project Coordinator, Adaptation Fund NGO Network


Role of CSOs in AF projects, innovative adaptation responses and scalability; 227-member Network’s role in capturing lessons of effective AF projects, raising awareness and providing localized input.

2:15-2:45 pm…QUESTIONS and ANSWERS