Adaptation Fund


The Adaptation Fund (AF) was established in 2001 to finance concrete adaptation projects and programmes in developing country Parties to the Kyoto Protocol that are particularly vulnerable to the adverse effects of climate change.

The Adaptation Fund is financed with a share of proceeds from the clean development mechanism (CDM) project activities and other sources of funding. The share of proceeds amounts to 2 per cent of certified emission reductions (CERs) issued for a CDM project activity.

The Adaptation Fund is supervised and managed by the Adaptation Fund Board (AFB).  The AFB is composed of 16 members and 16 alternates and meets at least twice a year (Membership of the AFB). 

In decision 1/CMP.8, the Parties decided that for the second commitment period, the Adaptation Fund shall be further augmented through a 2 per cent share of the proceeds levied on the first international transfers of AAUs and the issuance of ERUs for Article 6 projects immediately upon the conversion to ERUs of AAUs or RMUs previously held by Parties.

Through decisions 13/CMA.1 and 1/CMP.14, it was decided that the Adaptation Fund shall serve the Paris Agreement under the CMA with respect to all Paris Agreement matters, effective1 January 2019. Parties also decided that once the share of proceeds becomes available under Article 6, paragraph 4, of the Paris Agreement, that the Adaptation Fund shall no longer serve the Kyoto Protocol. Furthermore, Parties decided that the Adaptation Fund shall continue to receive the share of proceeds, if available, from activities under Articles 6, 12 and 17 of the Kyoto Protocol.

Recent Developments

Informal consultations on the fourth review of the Adaptation Fund

Date: 14 April 2021
Time: 22:00–23:30 CEST.
(Postponed from 31 March 2021, 22:00 – 23:30 CEST)

Details: The SBI Chair engaged Parties in discussing ways to advance technical work on the Fourth Review of the Adaptation Fund. Concept note.
Submissions on the fourth review of the Adaptation Fund
Further information on this event can be found on the SBI Chair lobby

More information on Adaptation workshops and seminars

Climate Dialogues 2020: Adaptation Fund Virtual Event: Serving the Paris Agreement through financing adaptation action, innovation and learning

AF meetings under APA Item 8

Climate Finance Readiness Seminars

Workshops on the accreditation of National Implementation Entities

Adaptation Fund Board membership

More information on the Board is available here.