On 29 November 2012, a call for proposals for Climate Change Adaptation projects was issued by the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI)—the National Implementing Entity (NIE) for the Global Adaptation Fund.
The Adaptation Fund (AF), which was set up by the Kyoto Protocol, assists developing countries, which are particularly vulnerable to the adverse effects of climate change, to meet the costs of adaptation, and to finance adaptation projects and programmes that are developed and driven ‘by the country, in the country’.
As South Africa’s NIE, SANBI is responsible for vetting and endorsing project and programme proposals, and will disburse resulting funds released from the AF if a proposal is successful. SANBI also has full responsibility for overall management of projects and programmes including financial, monitoring and reporting responsibility.
Taking its lead from the AF itself, the NIE project approval process will be accessible and transparent. A nominal country cap of $10 million has been set for developing country parties by the AF, subject to funds remaining in the fund. Projects can be three to five years long.
This level of funding provides a key opportunity for South Africa to learn how to develop, resource and implement adaptation projects and gear for scaled up implementation, and to demonstrate how investments in climate change adaptation can deliver tangible and lasting benefits to those who are most vulnerable to climate change. In this way, successful project outcomes will provide a foundation for future investments in climate change adaptation.
In order to build a coordinated adaptation response that delivers tangible outcomes, the NIE will work with project proponents to build between one and three integrated projects that support these learning and demonstration objectives. The NIE will also be investigating the possibility of one of these projects being a small grants facility whereby vulnerable communities can directly access project funds.
If you have the interest to develop and implement an innovative project to assist South Africa in adapting to climate change, the Request for Proposals closes at midnight on 31 January 2013.
The application form is available on www.sanbi.org/nie
All projects and programmes will need to align with the results framework of the AF and meet its eligibility criteria.