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Bulletin No.4 by Providers of Readiness and Capacity-Building Support for Adaptation. Asian Institute of Technology Submission

Asian Institute of Technology Submission
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eLearning: Developing Concept Notes for the GCF Simplified Approval Process

Guided by an experienced climate change adaptation expert and including direct insights from the GCF Secretariat, this seven-module course will equip individuals and teams that wish to design concept notes for the SAP window with practical know-how and tools to draft a high-quality concept note. The open access course is expected to launch in Q2 2021.

This course is a contribution to the Asia-Pacific Adaptation Information Platform (AP-PLAT) thanks to the support of the Ministry of Environment of Japan, in collaboration with the GCF Secretariat's SAP Team.

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Capacity-building activities during the period 1 July 2020 – 30 April 2021 


Advanced Training on Developing Concept Notes for the Green Climate Fund’s Simplified Approval Process

The AIT RRC.AP convened a virtual advanced training from 18-22 January 2021 on Developing Concept Notes for the Green Climate Fund (GCF) including via the Simplified Approval Process (SAP). The week-long event gathered participants from seven countries in the region working towards accessing the GCF for Climate Change Adaptation. Country teams included representatives from the respective National Designated Authorities (NDAs), Direct Access Entities (DAEs), Executing Entities, and other project stakeholders.

Working across time zones, country teams joined from Cambodia, Indonesia, Federated States of Micronesia, Niue, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, and the Republic of Marshall Islands. The virtual advanced training reconvened country teams from an introductory training held in Bangkok, Thailand in November 2019.

Topics covered included assessing environment and social risk factors, integrating Gender Equity, Diversity and Social Inclusion, meeting the GCF investment criteria, formulating an exit and sustainability strategy, and stating a logical framework including monitoring and evaluation indicators, as required at the SAP concept note stage. A selection of participating teams are receiving follow up dedicated support by the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) aiming to help concept notes reach a submission ready stage.

Upcoming events

April 2021. S8DS Climate Change Data Downscaling. Training Workshop. Chiangmai, Thailand

In collaboration with the University of Tsukuba, Japan, Pacific Consultants Co., Ltd., and with support from the Ministry of Environment Japan, AIT RRC.AP will be piloting a the S8DS Climate Change Data Downscaler, which is a pseudo global warming downscaling service to support climate adaptation efforts. The S8DS service aims to provide an easy-to-use downscaling solution to support stakeholders with informed decision-making for policies, programs, and projects. In collaboration with Thailand’s Highland Research Development Institute, located in Chiangmai, AIT RRC.AP will be training staff and stakeholders in Northern Thailand to pilot the use of S8DS. 


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