Financing Adaptation

Financing Adaptation(281)
The financing needs for climate change adaptation in developing countries for 2010-2050 are estimated at $100B per year, equivalent to current official development assistance levels across all sectors.Improved capacity to prepare sophisticated proposals to the donour community can increase the chance of accessing finance options.
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14 September 2016

Last date to apply: September 22, 2016
Course Delivery Dates: September 27- October 18, 2016


The International Energy Agency estimates that the world needs some $1 trillion a year over 2012 to 2050 to finance this transition. Climate finance is, therefore, critical for investing in mitigation and adaptation activities in developing countries.

This course introduces the concept of climate finance, provides an overview to the current landscape of climate finance, the sources and instruments being used, and offers a deeper look at how to be ready to plan, access and deliver finance. This course also presents innovative approaches to scale-up amounts needed to meet the climate change challenge, instruments to overcome risk, and the role of National Development Banks in scaling-up private finance.

Target Audience:

Senior and mid-level policy-makers and climate finance practitioners from public sector international organizations, private sectors and academic institutions. Especially helpful for practitioners who are involved in accessing, delivering, and monitoring/evaluating climate finance at the international, national and subnational level.

Link to the Website and Enrollment:  

11 February 2016

The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies Regional Centre is hosting the 7th IGES Knowledge Café – an informal knowledge exchange and networking session held regularly in downtown Bangkok – on Tuesday, 16 February 2016 at 10:00am.

This time we are very pleased to have with us Mr. Youssef Arfaoui, Mitigation Coordinator, from the Green Climate Fund to share his thoughts on financing climate change projects in the region, particularly with the Paris climate talks behind us. We will discuss what’s ahead for countries – more specifically, what financial mechanisms are available, how they will operate, and, ultimately, how countries can get money.

This session will be moderated by avid environmentalist and IGES Senior Policy Advisor, Dr. Peter King.


Anyone interested in environmental issues and financing climate change is cordially invited to attend, ask questions, share perspectives, and network.

Previous café participants usually include representatives from development agencies, government, private sector, civil society, and media.

Admission is free and light snacks and coffee will be served. Please RSVP via email to by 15 February 2016.

Date: Tuesday, 16 February 2016
Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm
Venue: Foreign Correspondents' Club of Thailand
Organizer: Institute for Global Environmental Strategies Regional Centre

Please RSVP to Ms. Sunantha Koh-Ten by 15 February 2016. 

Venue: Foreign Correspondents' Club of Thailand
Penthouse, Maneeya Center Building
518/5 Ploenchit Road (connected to the BTS Skytrain Chitlom station)
Patumwan, Bangkok 10330
Web Site:
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Youssef Arfaoui
Mr. Youssef Arfaoui is the Mitigation Coordinator at the Green Climate Fund. He was previously Chief Renewable Energy Specialist at the African Development Bank. He closed a good number of deals: on Geothermal (500MW); Wind (1200MW), Hydro (600MW), Cogen (90MW) and Solar (300MW), taking into account the implementation of the two climate pillars: mitigation and adaptation.

He also took initiatives to a number of clean investments:

  1. Introduction and implementation clean investments to the African Development Bank, where he led and closed many transactions in both the public and private sectors.
  2. Preparation of clean investments strategy and policy of the African Development Bank, such Clean Energy Investment Framework for Africa (CEIF). 

Mr. Arfaoui brings expertise to the Green Climate Fund specifically in project financing. His current main responsibility at the Fund is to promote Clean Investments with primary focus on mitigation. 

Mr. Arfaoui holds a M. Sc. in Mechanical Engineering combined with Finance from the Technical University of Denmark. He has a wide range of experience in the energy sector, specifically renewable energy technologies.


Previously known as the Evening Café, the IGES Knowledge Café facilitates discussions on emerging environmental issues among practitioners and anyone interested in these issues. The Café brings together likeminded people to exchange ideas, knowledge, and experiences. IGES initiates these events but welcomes other interested organisations to co-host and foster this growing community of practice. 

Past Café summaries can be viewed at the bottom of this page. Suggestions for topics are also welcome.


IGES established its first overseas project office in Thailand in 2003. In early 2011, the project office was upgraded to the IGES Regional Centre to strengthen its functions and expand its activities under the mission of IGES. The Regional Centre works to strengthen IGES’s partnerships with key stakeholders in the region; provides secretariat services for regional networks specialising in climate change adaptation, environmental enforcement and compliance, and sustainable development; and engages in related regional activities to facilitate environmental policy development. 


Sunantha Koh-Ten (Ms.)
Institute for Global Environmental Strategies
Bangkok Regional Centre
Tel. 02-651-8797 ext. 31

FCCT, Bangkok, Thailand
05 November 2015

Developing countries are highly vulnerable to climate change impacts. Significant adaptation actions are needed to promote climate-resilient development at the national and subnational levels. On November 18, the CEADIR Series welcomes a panel of international experts shaping multilateral and bilateral support for planning and financing climate change adaptation in developing countries.

Jonathan Cook (USAID Global Climate Change Office) will discuss the scale of global support needed to help vulnerable countries adapt to climate impacts and mechanisms for adaptation financing. John Furlow (U.S. Department of State) will describe the National Adaptation Plan Global Network and U.S. Government assistance for adaptation planning. Laura Würtenberger (GIZ Climate Finance Readiness Programme) will discuss support for strengthening the readiness of countries to access and effectively implement adaptation funds and finance. Dr. James Bond (Senior Advisor to the Green Climate Fund) will explain how the GCF plans to scale up adaptation funding. Mikell O’Mealy (CEADIR project) will facilitate an open forum.

The event will be held from 9:00-10:30 AM (EST) at Crown Agents, 1129 20th Street NW, Washington, DC, and will also be available through a live streaming webinar. Please RSVP to join in-person or by webinar. You will have the opportunity to ask questions of the speakers.



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