Since the approval of the first Green Climate Fund project in November 2015, the GCF portfolio has grown to nearly 60 projects. However, these approved projects still leave the notion of a paradigm shift unclear to stakeholders. It needs to seek for the ideal concept that GCF is asking for bearing in mind further understanding of investment criteria and development of new social system. As there are many concept notes under development, challenges in formulating GCF project proposal that embody a paradigm shift potential can be clarified by current and past experiences.
The Ministry of the Environment, Japan, the Office of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Thailand, the Overseas Environmental Cooperation Centre, the Global Environment Centre Foundation, and the Regional Resource Centre for Asia and the Pacific at the Asian Institute of Technology under the umbrella of the Climate Change Asia Initiative are jointly organising a workshop on “Understanding Paradigm Shifts: Japan’s efforts to accelerate developing countries’ access to the Green Climate Fund” on 13 February 2018 in Bangkok, Thailand.
The workshop aims to catalyse an in-depth discussion on the barriers and challenges faced by countries trying to access the Green Climate Fund and unearth their potential solutions. It will bring practitioners together to 1) exchange views on what a paradigm shift and a transformative change are, 2) discuss how AEs, NDAs, and project proponents can integrate a paradigm shift in country programmes and project proposals, and 3) showcase Japan’s efforts towards a low- emission and climate-resilient development pathway. Ultimately, the workshop seeks to capture the first glimpses of how the next generation of GCF projects should be formulated.