The GCF International Technical Workshop: Adaptation Rationale for Project Pipelines and other Climate Investment was held on 14-16 November 2018 in Cebu, Philippines. This three-day workshop was co-hosted by the Climate Change Commission of the Philippines to support GCF Direct Access Entities (DAEs) and National Designated Authorities (NDAs) in preparing adaptation project pipelines that effective articulate key elements of climate rationale to further attract adaptation finance, building from adaptation planning processes and other support. A total of 75 individuals attended the workshop from developing countries in all regions and representing a range of organisations including DAEs, NDAs, delivery partners of GCF support for adaptation planning, private sector, civil society, and other partner institutions.
The objectives achieved at this workshop were to (i) support AEs in the development of project pipelines that effectively articulate key elements of climate rationale; and (ii) help ensure that implementation of upstream support for adaptation planning processes effectively contributes to development of strong project ideas. Specific outputs from the workshop include: over 35 project ideas from DAEs and NDAs strengthened; the workplan of 12 approved adaptation planning proposals sharpened to produce the evidence base for climate rationale and project pipeline development; private sector engagement and investment strategies shared, and a GCF methodology tested and refined to help DAEs and NDAs conceptualise adaptation projects based on strong climate rationale.
The event included technical sessions along with hands-on clinics on developing the scientific basis for articulating climate rationale for adaptation projects, achieving private sector engagement, and using adaptation planning inputs to develop projects with strong climate rationale. An 8-step methodology to articulate climate rationale and conceptualise project ideas was introduced and improved during this workshop. Participants also had opportunities for bilateral coaching sessions and deep-dive sessions hosted by partner institutions to discuss potential project ideas and share in-country progress and challenges in implementing adaptation planning processes and developing project pipelines.
Follow-up actions will include the development of concept notes and funding proposals based on the 35 project ideas from this workshop; monitoring of effective implementation of the approved adaptation proposals; and further refinement of the process map methodology. Furthermore, this workshop is serving as a prototype for a series of other GCF-supported technical clinics being designed for 2019 with an increasingly sectoral focus, to support DAEs and country actors in preparing project pipelines with strong articulation of climate rationale, private sector engagement, minimum standards of concessionality, and other key elements of successful projects for the GCF.