Water Banking and Adaptation of Agriculture to Climate Change in Northern Gaza

Water Banking and Adaptation of Agriculture to Climate Change in Northern Gaza

  • Status Under implementation
  • Date approved 14 Nov 2019 at B.24
  • Est. completion 28 Sep 2025
  • ESS Category Category A

Developing a low-carbon water management scheme and increasing water availability for sustainable agriculture.

The water level of the coastal aquifer in Gaza, the region’s only freshwater resource, is declining rapidly, resulting in the intrusion of seawater. Agricultural inefficiencies lead to the overuse of water and high evaporation.

This project creates a closed cycle of reusing treated wastewater for irrigated agriculture. This multiplier effect will alleviate pressure on the coastal aquifer and improve the climate resilience of local populations. It will also enhance the institutional and operational capabilities for integrated water management.

Total project value


Tonnes of emissions avoided






Result areas

Project timeline


25 Nov 2017 - 720 days

Concept note received

25 Nov 2017

Funding proposal received

25 Jun 2018

Cleared by GCF Secretariat

08 Aug 2019

Cleared by iTAP

22 Oct 2019


14 Nov 2019 - 320 days

Approved by GCF Board

14 Nov 2019

Legal opinion on AE's Internal Approval

20 Nov 2019

FAA executed

03 Dec 2019

Under implementation

28 Sep 2020 - 1,333 days so far

FAA effective

28 Sep 2020

Disbursement - USD 3,124,189

31 Dec 2020

To be completed

28 Sep 2025 - 495 days to go

One region

  • Asia-Pacific

One country

  • Financing
    • Private sector
    • Public sector
  • Size
    • Micro
    • Small
    • Medium
    • Large

GCF financing12% disbursed

GrantUSD 25,439,680
Total GCF Financing
USD 25,439,680


Co-FinancingGrantUSD 13,948,497
Co-FinancingGrantUSD 8,583,690
Total Co-Financing
USD 22,532,188

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GCF Independent Integrity Unity (IIU)
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Accredited Entity

Agence Française de Developpement
Mrs Celine Thoniard

Climate Finance Expert
Phone +33 01 53 44 35 91
Mr. Marie Guillosson

Delegated External Funds Expert
AFD, 5 rue Roland Barthes, 75012, Paris, France
Phone +33 01 53444763
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National Designated Authority

State of Palestine
Environment Quality Authority
H.E. Dr. Nisreen Tamimi Primary
Chairman of the Environment Quality Authority
Al Bireh- Al- Mub'adeen Street, West Bank, State of Palestine
Engr. Samer Kalbouneh Secondary
Director of Projects Implementation and Follow-up Department
Phone +970 599 674 805

News + Stories

Improving farmers’ climate resilience and water use efficiency

03 Dec 2019 / The Green Climate Fund (GCF) signed today a funding agreement with the French Development Agency, Agence Française de Développement (AFD), to finance the Water Banking and Adaptation of Agriculture to Climate Change project in Northern Gaza.