The new approvals bring the GCF portfolio to a total of 76 projects and programmes, amounting to USD 3,730.2 million in GCF funding to assist developing countries in their low emission and climate resilient development.
The Board elected Ambassador Lennart Båge and Dr. Paul Oquist as its Co-Chairs for 2018, representing developed and developing countries respectively. A number of significant policy decisions were also made to strengthen GCF's operations, including adopting an Indigenous Peoples Policy, and an Environmental and Social Policy. In addition to the funding approvals, the Board approved an additional USD 60 million for the implementation of the Readiness Programme to assist developing countries in accessing GCF funds.
'We have had a highly positive week, approving over USD 1 billion in projects, which is a record amount in a single GCF Board meeting,' stated Paul Oquist, GCF Co-Chair.
'This large volume of projects for both mitigation and adaptation - and the additional USD 60 million for readiness support - shows that GCF is ready to shift gear in supporting developing countries to achieve their climate goals. The projects adopted here will make a real impact in the face of climate challenges,' he continued.
Fellow Co-Chair Lennart Båge stated: 'The Board has successfully managed an ambitious agenda this week, demonstrating its commitment to deliver a serious contribution to the response to climate change. In particular, the adoption of an Indigenous Peoples Policy and an Environmental and Social Policy is an important step towards completing GCF's policy framework.'
Båge concluded, 'Paul and I would also like to thank our fellow Board members for their positive support, and to acknowledge that our work builds on the achievements of our predecessors as Co-Chairs, Ayman Shasly and Ewen McDonald.'
The nineteenth GCF Board meeting approved the following projects and programmes, including the first project submitted under the new Simplified Approval Process:
FP059 - USD 42.16 million for the Climate-Resilient Water Sector in Grenada (G-CREWS) with Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
FP060 - USD 27.61 million for the Water Sector Resilience Nexus for Sustainability in Barbados (WSRN S-Barbados) with Caribbean Community Climate Change Center (CCCCC)
FP061 - USD 20 million for the Integrated physical adaptation and community resilience through an enhanced direct access pilot in the public, private, and civil society sectors of three Eastern Caribbean small island developing states in Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, and Grenada, with the Department of Environment, Ministry of Health and Environment, Government of Antigua and Barbuda (DOE ATG)
FP062 - USD 25.06 million for the Poverty, Reforestation, Energy and Climate Change Project (PROEZA) in Paraguay with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
FP063 - USD 23 million for Promoting private sector investments in energy efficiency in the industrial sector in Paraguay with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)
FP064 - USD 103 million for Promoting risk mitigation instruments and finance for renewable energy and energy efficiency investments in Argentina with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)
FP065 - USD 195 million for Financial Instruments for Brazil Energy Efficient Cities (FinBRAZEEC) in Brazil with the World Bank
FP066 - USD 25 million for the Pacific Resilience Project Phase II for RMI in the Marshall Islands with the World Bank
FP067 - USD 9.27 million for Building climate resilience of vulnerable and food insecure communities through capacity strengthening and livelihood diversification in mountainous regions of Tajikistan with the World Food Programme
FP068 - USD 27.05 million for Scaling-up Multi-Hazard Early Warning System and the Use of Climate Information in Georgia with UNDP
FP069 - USD 24.98 million for Enhancing adaptive capacities of coastal communities, especially women, to cope with climate change induced salinity in Bangladesh with UNDP
FP070 - USD 20 million for the Global Clean Cooking Program - Bangladesh with the World Bank
FP071 - USD 86.30 million for Scaling Up Energy Efficiency for Industrial Enterprises in Vietnam with the World Bank
FP072 - USD 32 million for Strengthening climate resilience of agricultural livelihoods in Agro-Ecological Regions I and II in Zambia with UNDP
FP073 - USD 32.79 million for Strengthening climate resilience of rural communities in Northern Rwanda with the Ministry of Environment of Rwanda (MOE)
FP074 - USD 22.50 million for the Africa Hydromet Program - Strengthening Climate Resilience in Sub-Saharan Africa: Burkina Faso Country Project with the World Bank
FP075 - USD 5 million for the Institutional Development of the State Agency for Hydrometeorology of Tajikistan with the Asian Development Bank (ADB)
FP076 - USD 40 million for Climate-Friendly Agribusiness Value Chains Sector Project in Cambodia with the Asian Development Bank (ADB)
FP077 - USD 145 million for the Ulaanbaatar Green Affordable Housing and Resilient Urban Renewal Project (AHURP) in Mongolia with the Asian Development Bank (ADB)
FP078 - USD 26 million for the Acumen Resilient Agriculture Fund (ARAF) in Ghana, Nigeria, Uganda, with the Acumen Fund Inc
FP080 - USD 52.50 million for the Zambia Renewable Energy Financing Framework with the African Development Bank (AfDB)
FP081 - USD 100 million for the Line of Credit for Solar rooftop segment for Commercial, Industrial and Residential Housing sectors in India with the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD)
SAP001 - (Simplified Approval Process) USD 9.30 million for Improving rangeland and ecosystem management practices of smallholder farmers under conditions of climate change in Sesfontein, Fransfontein, and Warmquelle areas of the Republic of Namibia with the Environmental Investment Fund (EIF)
More than 350 participants took part in the 19th Board meeting, including observers from civil society and private sector organisations, National Designated Authorities (NDAs), Accredited Entities, and GCF Delivery Partners.