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ecbi - The European Capacity Building Initiative

About ecbi

ecbi is an initiative for sustained capacity building in support of international climate change negotiations. The ecbi aims to promote a more level playing field between government delegations to the international climate change negotiations, and to facilitate mutual understanding and trust - both between European and developing countries and among the developing countries.

2016 Finance Circle Meeting

An ecbi Finance Circle meeting took place on 8 November 2016, during the 22nd Conference of Parties (COP 22) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. It was attended by 15 negotiators from developed and developing countries.

ecbi director Benito Müller made a presentation on the Adaptation Fund, saying its current lack of resources posed a grave danger to its future sustainability. With resources from the Clean Development Mechanism having dried up, it is now entirely dependent on voluntary bilateral contributions for its resources. He pointed to the need for the COP serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP) to respond to the request for guidance by the Fund’s Board on whether the Board could consider accreditation with the Green Climate Fund (GCF). Müller argued that through such accreditation, the Adaptation Fund could become a “boutique” or “retail” outlet specialising on adaptation finance, allowing the GCF to remain a “wholesale” fund, and to function at scale without administrative bottlenecks. He pointed to Adaptation Fund’s capacity to deal with nano and micro projects.

Müller said ensuring resources for the Adaptation Fund was even more important that the pending decision on whether the Fund should serve under the COP serving as the Meeting of Parties under the Paris Agreement (CMA). The decision to let it serve under the CMA could bring in resources later, in the form of “shares of proceeds” from the trading mechanisms of the Paris Agreement, but there was a great deal of uncertainty on whether the mechanisms would yield sufficient resources, or indeed whether the shares of proceeds would be earmarked for the Adaptation Fund. In any case, he said, by the time the mechanisms are functional, the Adaptation Fund could already be rendered non-functional due to the lack of resources. Reminding participants that the Adaptation Board had specifically sought guidance from the CMP, he said not providing this guidance would also send a signal.

Participants then discussed the time it would take to get accreditation from the GCF; the suitability of the Adaptation Fund to get accredited; the existing fund raising strategy of the Adaptation Fund; and possible impacts by the share of proceeds from the CMA market mechanisms.

Pre-COP Training Workshop for developing country negotiators at COP 22 in Marrakech

The 2016 ecbi Pre-COP Workshop took place on 5 November 2016, at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Marrakech. It was attended by 19 negotiators from developing countries, who were given a brief introduction to the priority issues at the 22nd Conference of Parties (COP 22) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, including in particular loss and damage, capacity building, finance, and issues relating to the implementation of the Paris Agreement.

• Pre-Cop report
2016 ecbi Regional Training Workshop for Anglophone Africa

The 2016 European Capacity Building Initiative (ecbi) Training and Support Programme Workshop for Anglophone Africa was held on 14-15 September 2016 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The workshop was organised in collaboration with ecbi’s regional partner, Institute for Environment, Climate and Development Sustainability (IEDS), with the aim of building capacity and skills for negotiators in Anglophone Africa. It brought together 32 government representatives from the region.

• Workshop report
Oxford - home of the ecbi project
Latest Publications
Time to Decide!: January 2017  (8860 kb).
Pre-COP Training workshop report: November 2016  (301 kb).
Regional Workshop Dar es Salaam 2016 - report: November 2016  (1420 kb).
Capacity Building under the Paris Agreement: October 2016  (357 kb).
LDCF Business Model: October 2016  (404 kb).
"A great experience as ever under Benito's benign eye: the informal frank and friendly character of the seminar allowed a real dialogue, and helped me understand better the underlying perspective of a number of developing country colleagues."
Peter Betts, Head of UK Delegation