SANBI Newsletter, September 27, 2018

SANBI shares lessons with the international community on managing environmental and social risks for Adaptation Fund projects

The Adaptation Fund (AF) hosted its 5th Climate Finance Readiness Seminar for its National Implementing Entities (NIEs) on the 28th to 31st of August 2018 in Washington D.C. The Seminar brought together over 25 Direct Access NIEs. The aim of the Seminar was to offer the AF and its community of NIEs the opportunity to share knowledge, skills, experiences and best practices in project development and accreditation processes.

The South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) was amongst the Fund’s 25 NIEs in attendance. At the Seminar, SANBI shared lessons and experiences on how it screens, manages and reports on the AF’s Environmental and Social Safeguards. In 2017 SANBI made use of an AF Technical Assistance Grant to develop an Environmental and Social Policy (ESP) Toolkit and Guideline Document for the Small Grants Facility and the uMngeni Resilience Project. The Toolkit facilitates the identification and management of environmental and social risks in project development and implementation. Lessons learned on the use of the Toolkit and the associated capacity that has been built through its implementation were shared at the Seminar.

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