Global calls for greater climate ambition must be accompanied by provision of the means for implementation, including finance, from developed countries to developing countries. Generally, climate finance refers to collecting and utilising money from different sources to better the natural environment and reduce natural and manufactured disasters caused by climate change. Climate finance is defined by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) as “local, national, or transnational financing—drawn from public, private, and alternative sources of financing—that seeks to support mitigation and adaptation actions that will address climate change”. Climate finance is one of the essential goals of sustainable development.
However, accessing financing for climate resilience projects remains a challenge for many countries. Continuing high inflation, slow economic growth, and the ongoing fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic have constrained the fiscal space of governments across South Asia and Mongolia. Unlocking private investment in climate resilience and adaptation has proven difficult.
Addressing these challenges requires a multi-faceted approach, including capacity building, technical assistance, improved data collection and management systems, streamlined application processes, and stable policy frameworks. Collaborative efforts between governments, international organisations, civil society, and the private sector are essential to overcoming these barriers and ensuring developing countries can access climate financing effectively.
The purpose of this regional Short Course in accessing climate finance is to equip participants with the knowledge, skills, and tools needed to navigate the complex landscape of climate-related finance, contribute to sustainable development, and support the global transition to a low-carbon economy.
The Short Course will aim to:
enhance knowledge: deepen participants’ understanding of climate finance concepts, mechanisms, and instruments. It may cover topics such as climate finance sources, project financing, investment frameworks, and risk management.
build capacity: develop participants’ skills and expertise in analysing, planning, and implementing climate finance strategies.
facilitate decision-making: provide participants with the knowledge and tools necessary for effective decision-making in climate-related financial matters. This may involve assessing investment opportunities, evaluating financial risks, and considering the economic viability of climate projects.
promote sustainable investments: emphasise the importance of directing financial resources towards sustainable projects and initiatives. Participants may learn about green investment criteria, sustainable finance frameworks, and emerging trends in climate-related investments.
encourage policy understanding: enhance participants’ understanding of policy frameworks and international agreements related to climate change and finance. This may include exploring the roles of various stakeholders, understanding policy instruments, and examining global climate finance mechanisms.
foster collaboration: provide a platform for networking and collaboration among participants from diverse backgrounds. Collaboration can help facilitate knowledge sharing and foster partnerships to address climate finance challenges.
promote innovation: foster innovation in financial solutions for climate-related challenges. Participants may be encouraged to explore innovative financing mechanisms, such as green bonds, carbon markets, and impact investing.
Up to 25 regional participants will be selected through a country-specific selection process.
Eligible Nepali citizens are invited to apply.