Development cooperation , 16.09.2015

Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF)


The LDCF is a voluntary trust fund established under the UNFCCC, and managed by the GEF, to address the special needs of the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) that are especially vulnerable to the adverse impacts of climate change. Specifically, the LDCF is tasked with financing the preparation and implementation of National Adaptation Programs of Action (NAPAs). NAPAs use existing information to identify a country’s priorities for adaptation actions. The LDCF is the only existing fund whose mandate is to finance the preparation and implementation of the NAPAs. The LDCF is also mandated to support the preparation of the National Adaptation Plan Process in LDCs. According to the latest report as at April 27, 2015, 50 countries had completed and submitted their NAPAs. In addition, South Sudan was in the process of preparing its NAPA. All of the Finnish least developed country partners have completed their NAPAs. Furthermore, project approvals in support of the implementation of the NAPAs have been made in favour of 49 LDCs and 161 projects in total. As for expected results, 96 out of 117 approved projects provided an estimate of the number of direct beneficiaries - these seek to directly reduce the vulnerability of more than 10 million people. Furthermore, 61 LDCF projects are already supporting 39 countries in their efforts to integrate climate change adaptation into national development policies, plans and frameworks.

Funding decision  16.09.2015

1 600 000 €

Objectives monitored by OECD's Development Assistance Committee

  • Climate change - adaptation
  • Aid to environment

Field of activity

  • Environmental policy and administrative management 100%

Funding channel

Global Environment Facility - Least Developed Countries Fund



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