Please go to the new website at for the most recent news
 ecbi Site   Finance Circle   Site Admin  SITEMAP | CONTACT US | COPYRIGHT | COOKIES | EN - ES - DE - FR - IT - PT | SHARE

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.

2017 ecbi Pre-COP Training workshop

The 2017 ecbi Pre-COP Training Workshop took place on 4 November 2017, in Derag Livinghotel Kanzler, Bonn. It was attended by 39 participants. The Workshop was addressed by Ambassador Luke Daunivalu, Deputy Permanent Representative of Fiji to the United Nations; Gebru Jember Endalew, Chair of the Least Developed Countries (LDC) Group; Pa Ousman, Director of Country Programming of the Green Climate Fund; Benito Müller, Director of ecbi; and Achala Abeysinghe, Head of the ecbi Training and Support Programme. Training sessions followed, on: priorities for the Bonn Climate Change Conference; the COP23 agenda; gender; climate finance; negotiating effectively and mock negotiations; and the transparency framework.

• Workshop Group Photo
Adaptation Fund Board decides to initiate accreditation with the Green Climate Fund

On 13 October 2017, the Board of the Adaptation Fund today took the historic decision to "to initiate a process toward accreditation with the GCF".

The ecbi has supported the Adaptation Fund from the very outset. Discussion evenings with Adaptation Fund Board members were hosted during the first five Board meetings; starting in March 2008 with a presentation by the World Bank on their idea of an 'Adaptation Pilot Fund' (see relevant news items). In March 2010, another discussion meeting was hosted in the context of the accreditation of the first National Implementing Entity.

After the collapse of the CER price in 2011-13, the ecbi and the Heinrich Böll Stiftung North America organised a brainstorming dialogue during COP20 in Lima (December 2014) on the future of the Adaptation Fund in a global post-2020 climate framework (Lima Report).

Following on from the discussion, the ecbi organised an informal meeting for Adaptation Fund Board members on 9 April 2015, co-hosted by Hans-Olav Ibrekk, Chair of the Adaptation Fund Board, during the 25th Adaptation Fund Board meeting. At that meeting, the Adaptation Fund Board requested its Chair and Vice-Chair "to initiate consultations with the Standing Committee on Finance (SCF) and start a dialogue with the GCF Board, on potential linkages between the two funds and request the issue of complementarity between the two funds to be considered by the GCF Board at the earliest".

To facilitate this dialogue, the ecbi organised a Seminar – co-hosted by Seyni Nafo and Outi Honkatukia, Co-chairs of the Standing Committee on Finance (SCF), and Ibrekk – on the eve of the 10th SCF meeting (June 2015) to discuss these linkages and relations (OCP/ecbi Submission).

An ecbi Finance Circle meeting took place on 8 November 2016, during COP 22 in Marrakech to discuss the role of the Adaptation Fund in the Financial Architecture of the Paris Agreement.

On the evening of 14 March 2017, the ecbi convened a seminar on resource mobilisation for the Adaptation Fund at La Redoute in Bad Godesberg, Germany. The seminar was co-hosted by Michael Kracht, incoming Chair of the Adaptation Fund Board, and Benito Müller, ecbi director, who made a presentation entitled "Time to Decide" urging the Adaptation Fund Board to seek accreditation to the GCF (Time to Decide).

• Lima Report
• OCP/ecbi Submission
• Time to Decide
What has the UNFCCC ever done for gender?

As parties to the UNFCCC work on developing a gender action plan, find out what has already been done on gender in the climate negotiations, and what the key elements of the new action plan are likely to be.

This ecbi Pocket Guide on Gender Under the UNFCCC explores how gender has been addressed in the UNFCCC process so far. It elaborates on gender linkages across the different themes (such as mitigation, adaptation, technology development and transfer) and elements (such as the nationally determined contributions) of the negotiations.

• Pocket Guide to Gender
Oxford - home of the ecbi project
Latest Publications
Oxford Seminar Report 2017: October 2017  (2740 kb).
Guide de Poche sur la Transparence: May 2017  (980 kb).
Guide de Poche sur la Transparence: May 2017  ( kb).
Pocket Guide to Transparency: May 2017  (861 kb).
Pocket Guide to Transparency: May 2017  ( kb).
"The informal atmosphere during the seminar allowed for a frank exchange of views, which contributed to a better mutual understanding of participants positions. No doubt this will be useful to make further progress in the formal negotiations"
Geert Fremout, FPS Health Food Chain Safety & Env, Belgium