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Technical Assistance

The CTCN provides technical assistance in response to requests submitted by developing countries via their nationally-selected focal points, or National Designated Entities (NDEs). Upon receipt of such requests, the Centre quickly mobilizes its global Network of climate technology experts to design and deliver a customized solution tailored to local needs. The CTCN does not provide funding directly to countries, but instead supports the provision of technical assistance provided by experts on specific climate technology sectors.

The CTCN delivers five main types of technical support on climate technologies:

  • Technical assessments, including technical expertise and recommendations related to specific technology needs, identification of technologies, technology barriers, technology efficiency, as well as piloting and deployment of technologies.
  • Technical support for policy and planning documents, include strategies and policies, roadmaps and action plans, regulations and legal measures
  • Trainings
  • Tools and methodologies
  • Implementation plans

Technical assistance on climate technologies is provided

  • to developing countries at the request of their NDEs
  • free of charge (with a value up to 250,000 USD)
  • at local, national or regional levels
  • to academic, public, NGO, or private sector entities
  • for a broad range of adaptation and mitigation technologies
  • at all stages of the technology cycle: from identification of climate technology needs; policy assessment; selection and piloting of technological solutions; to assistance that supports technology customization and widespread deployment

How it works

  1. Academic, government, NGO and/or private sector representatives work with their National Designated Entity, the CTCN focal point selected by each country, to identify the type of technical assistance they need in order to implement their technology-related climate plans
  2. The NDE conveys the request to CTCN
  3. A team of climate technology experts from the CTCN, its Consortium, and Network work with the NDE to provide a solution that is tailored to the needs of the individual country

Note about technical assistance requests

At this time, there is no limit to the number of requests that each country may submit. As the CTCN reaches its capacity for responding to technical requests, the number of requests per country/year may be limited.

The CTCN provides technical assistance rather than direct funding to countries. However, in some cases the CTCN can help to play a matchmaking role with funding sources.

CTCN collaborates with the Adaptation Fund

The CTCN and the Adaptation Fund collaborate closely in support of project readiness and knowledge sharing.

The Adaptation Fund was established under the Kyoto Protocol of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and as of 2010 has committed US$ 357.5 million in 63 countries to climate adaptation and resilience activities. Adaptation Fund projects are based on country needs, views and priorities. The Fund provides developing countries the opportunity to strengthen their local capacity through direct financing.

Through this partnership, countries seeking project financing from the Adaptation Fund can request complimentary technical assistance from the CTCN to address specific challenges to remove technology barriers and deploy specific adaptation technology solutions. This CTCN technical assistance can enable countries to strengthen design of their project concepts and proposals submitted to the Adaptation Fund through early stage feasibility assessments for deployment of specific adaptation technologies, market studies, recommendations for regulatory reform, and other technical analysis.

Requests for technical assistance through the CTCN must be submitted by the relevant National Designated Entity (NDE) to the UNFCCC Technology Mechanism. 

For further information on the Adaptation Fund, please see here: