Webinar: Emerging Lessons from the Adaptation Fund Climate Innovation Accelerator in Africa Region (recorded video)


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. Technical assistance is available to governments, non-governmental organizations, community groups, entrepreneurs, young innovators, and others. For more information on eligibility and how to apply, please visit https://www.ctc-n.org/afcia/unep-ctcn

Date: 4th May 2021, Tuesday

Time: 15:00- 17:00 NBO time (12:00 – 14:00 UTC)

Recorded webinar here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HKF17A6JsWI


Time duration

Session item



15:00- 15:30


Facilitator: Ms Jessica Troni, Head, Climate Change Adaptation Unit, Ecosystems Division, UNEP

- Remarks – Dr Rose Mwebaza, Director -CTCN

- Welcome Remarks - Tim Christophersen, Head, Nature for Climate, Ecosystems Division, UNEP

- Welcome Remarks -Mr. Mikko Ollikainen, Adaptation Fund

Keynote Address: Innovation for Climate Change in African Context; Mr. Tanguy Gahouma, Chair Africa Group of Negotiators to UNFCCC





15:30 - 15:40

- Scene Setting: Adaptation Priorities in Africa – Omedi Jura, CTCN AB Member




15:40 - 15:55

Regional Deep Dive – Selection of Concept Notes for AFCIA

Ms Nadege Trocellier, Climate Technology Specialist- Africa Region, CTCN


Q & A



15:55 – 17:00

Leveraging AFCIA for Innovative adaptation technologies and action 

Private Sector - Expert View: Innovative Adaptation Technologies – Moderated byRajiv Garg, CTCN Regional Manager

Panel Speakers:

Omar Saleh – Zephyr Consulting, Netherlands

Samuel Alterescu – Tohmatsu Deloitte, Japan

Kevin Enongene – FOKABS, Canada

Case Study Presentation – Innovative Adaptation Technologies – Success,  Challenges and Lessons


Mr. Simcha Shore, the CEO of AgroScout 

Mr. Uri Rosenzweig, VP Product,  SeeTree

 Mr. Denis Macharia, RCMRD, Use of UAV for Adaptation Planning in Eswatini


Q & A