|| The Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN) is organizing three webinars to share early lessons from the first call for submission of applications to the Adaptation Fund Climate Innovation Accelerator (AFCIA) programme. The launch of this new USD 10 million pilot small grants programme was announced at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP25) in Madrid. The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)/CTCN and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) administrate the AFCIA and offer technical assistance (UNEP/CTCN) and grant funding (UNDP) to developing countries.
The CTCN with support from UNEP has received USD 5 million to foster innovation in adaptation. The 5-year programme contributes to CTCN technical assistance to developing countries, providing support to test, evaluate, roll out and scale up innovative adaptation practices, products and technologies. Until 2025, the CTCN will implement 25 technical assistance projects (up to USD 250,000 each) to enhance climate resilience and adapt to climate change in developing countries. Moreover, knowledge sharing and the exchange of best practices will be facilitated through the programme, which will strengthen opportunities for South-South and triangular cooperation on innovation in adaptation among developing countries. The CTCN is now accepting applications for the Adaptation Fund Climate Innovation Accelerator. Technical assistance is available to governments, non-governmental organizations, community groups, entrepreneurs, young innovators, and others. The deadline for the second round of applications is 30 April 2021. For more information on eligibility and how to apply, please visit https://www.ctc-n.org/afcia/unep-ctcn
The webinars will include brief overviews of the status of the implementation of the AFCIA programme thus far by UNEP/CTCN and a reflection on early lessons emerging from the responses to the first round of calls.
Guest speakers from the Adaptation Fund, the CTCN Advisory Board, UNEP and UNDP, and well as experts, practitioners and Government representatives of developing countries, will be reflecting on the progress made so far through the implementation of the AFCIA programme and how it can be further leveraged to support climate resilience efforts on the ground.
Moreover, there will be case studies shared from the different regions, displaying flagship innovative adaptation technology projects, followed by a panel discussion on how to foster innovative adaptation technologies in a developing country context. This discussion will offer an opportunity to engage with renowned experts in the fields of climate technology, finance, policy, innovation and gender mainstreaming, and explore different dimensions and views on innovative adaptation technologies.
To allow for all regions to engage fully in this discussion, the webinar will be held in multiple sessions, starting on 13 April 2021 with two separate sessions – for participants from the Asia-Pacific (8:00 - 9:30 AM CEST) and the Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) (3:00 - 4:30 PM CEST) regions – followed by a session for participants from the Africa region on 4 May 2021 (2:00 – 3:30 PM CEST).