About Adaptation Learning

The UNDP-Adaptation Learning Mechanism (undp-alm.org) is UNDP's knowledge-sharing platform on country led programmes and projects financed by the Least Developed Country Fund (LDCF), Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF), Adaptation Fund (AF), bi-lateral donors and through decentralized cooperation supported by UNDP’s Down to Earth: Territorial Approach to Climate Change (TACC) project. The UNDP-ALM is linked to the UNDP-GEF Global Adaptation Learning Mechanism (ALM) Portal. While the original ALM portal was financed by the Global Environment Facility, the UNDP-ALM portal (a window into the UNDP supported adaptation projects) is financed with UNDP resources.

UNDP-ALM is structured to be used as an interactive platform for sharing and learning about country led initiatives that advance green, low-emission and climate-resilient development. By increasing the availability of tailored information, UNDP-ALM intends to catalyze knowledge that can support governments to integrate climate change risks into poverty reduction and development strategies.


For UNDP, adaptation to climate change means climate-resilient economic development and sustainable livelihoods, especially for vulnerable populations – the poor, women, and indigenous peoples. UNDP supports these goals by assisting over 80 countries to integrate current and future climate risks and uncertainties into national and sub-national development efforts. UNDP works with governments, the private sector, communities, and other partners to build responsive state institutions and public policies; strengthen public and private sector capacities to manage climate change risks and uncertainties; and formulate, finance and implement climate-resilient initiatives.

Together with partners, UNDP supports climate change risk management in the context of agriculture and food security, water resources, coastal zone development, public health, and climate change-related disaster risks. To finance this work at the national, sub-national and community levels, UNDP helps countries secure climate change adaptation finance that is available through vertical funds such as the Adaptation Fund, the Least Developed Countries Fund and the Special Climate Change Fund (both of which are managed by the Global Environment Facility, GEF), as well as other multilateral and bilateral sources. Countries are supported to optimize the use of these public funds by also leveraging and catalyzing private finance for adaptation.

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