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Capacity Building Programme
 Developing Concept Notes for the Green Climate Fund including via the

Simplified Approval Process


Introductory Training: 18-22 November 2019, Bangkok, Thailand

Advanced Training: 18-22 January 2021, Virtual                        

This Capacity Building Programme, while promoting the importance of effective climate change adaptation, will provide an opportunity for stakeholders from Asia and the Pacific to enhance their capacities for developing bankable project proposals for the Green Climate Fund (GCF), including through the Simplified Approval Process (SAP), and a platform for knowledge sharing and exchange of good practices among participants.



To strengthen the capacity of Direct Access Entities (DAEs), National Designated Authorities (NDAs), and project developers designated by DAEs or NDAs from countries eligible for GCF support in developing GCF Concept Notes including for the Simplified Approval Process (SAP).

Climate Change Adaptation Project Ideas

Participants are expected to bring at least one climate change adaptation project idea that is identified in respective GCF Country Programmes, Accredited Entity work programmes, GCF Country Briefs, or equivalent national climate change documents. Additionally, country teams may bring to the training Concept Notes that have been submitted to the GCF Secretariat, has received guidance, and requires further revision.  


An Initial Project Idea Template can be downloaded here

Target Participants

The target participants include:

  • Direct Access Entities (DAE) to the GCF, including candidate and nominated;

  • National Designated Authority (NDA) to the GCF;

  • Other stakeholders and project developers as identified by the DAE and NDA . 

Training Resources and Materials

Useful Links

Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Information Platform

Compiles data on the effects of climate change and resources to convert scientific climate risk data and information into adaptation policies and action projects.

GCF Library

A directory of GCF-related documents including templates, project documents, policies and guidelines, Board documents, and other relevant resource materials.  

Download GCF SAP Concept Note Template here

Documents relating to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)

Note that the following links may not source all documents for your country. 

For other Climate Change Adaptation Projects

About the Organizer

The Asian Institute of Technology’s Regional Resource Centre for Asia and the Pacific (AIT RRCAP), supports countries towards achieving their environment and sustainable development goals through the provision of capacity-building, knowledge sharing, policy advice, and research in the thematic areas of Climate Change, Air and Atmosphere, and Waste and Resource Management. Currently the services of AIT RRCAP in climate change are geared towards building capacities and skills of government officials and other stakeholders in Asia and the Pacific to effectively access climate finance, advance climate change action, and enhance disaster risk reduction efforts. To date, AIT has engaged over 900 stakeholders from nearly 40 countries across the region on activities focusing on climate action planning and access to finance, with a focus on the Adaptation Fund and Green Climate Fund.

Expected Results

Throughout the capacity-building engagement, country teams are expected to be fully engaged from the preliminary training until the advanced training. Through such engagement, participants will acquire practical skills and know-how by developing the following:

  1. GCF Concept Notes including for SAP

  2. Climate Reasoning

  3. Problem and Objectives Tree Analysis

  4. Roadmap for follow-up activities

Each country team is expected to fully elaborate their GCF SAP Concept Notes throughout the capacity-building engagement that culminates in May 2020 and submit them to the GCF Secretariat for feedback.


This course is organized by the Regional Resource Centre for Asia and the Pacific, at the Asian Institute of Technology  with the financial support of the ​Ministry of the Environment, Government of Japan.

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Virtual Clinics

Sign up for an optional one on one 30-minute mentoring sessions with Dr. Peter King or Dr. Keith Bettinger between to address specific questions relating to your project idea. 


Resource Persons

Dr. Keith Bettinger

Dr. Keith Bettinger

Lead Trainer


Dr. Bettinger brings over 10 years of academic, research, and professional experience in Asia, the Pacific and elsewhere focusing on climate change adaptation and finance, international development, and natural resource management and governance.

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Dr. Peter King

Senior Policy Advisor, IGES

Dr. King brings over 40 years of experience working in a wide range of topics in environmental science and policy, including adaptation project preparation and finance across Asia and beyond with financiers like the Asian Development Bank. Dr. King serves as Senior Policy Advisor at the Bangkok Regional Center of the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES).

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