The Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) aims to address the special needs of the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) under the Climate Convention. LDCF supports projects that address the urgent and immediate adaptation needs of the least developed countries, focusing on reducing the vulnerability of the sectors and resources that are central to human and national development, such as water, agriculture and food security; health; disaster risk management and prevention; and infrastructure, as identified and prioritized in their National Adaptation Programmes of Action.

Here are a few examples of the UNDP-GEF supported LDCF projects currently under implementation around the world:

Tuvalu's LDCF project, 'Securing Marine-based Coastal Livelihoods from Climate Change and Climate-Induced Disasters',  has an overarching goal to increase the resilience of outer island communities to future climate change induced risks such as declining marine resources productivity and increasing/intensifying climatic hazards.



Photo: Gabor Vereczi, UNDP / Location: Tuvalu

The LDCF project, Integrating Community-Based Adaptation into Afforestation and Reforestation Programs in Bangladesh, will transform the way greenbelt afforestation and reforestation programs in Bangladesh are designed and developed.



Photo: UNDP Bangladesh / Location: Bangladesh

The LDCF project, Increased Resilience to Coastal Erosion in Communities in Mozambique, is working to introduce adaptation processes to 10,000 households in seven communities across three coastal provinces in Mozambique.



Photo: UNDP Mozambique

The project titled “Increasing the Resilience of Ecosystems and Vulnerable Communities through Biodiversity Conservation and Watershed Management in Haiti” has the twin objectives of reducing vulnerability of poor people to the effects of climate change, and conserving t

As a Least Developed Country (LDC), Yemen is highly vulnerable to climate change-related impacts such as drought, extreme flooding, and sea level rise. These are serious concerns as Yemen's economy largely depends on its natural resources.

Like most small island nations, the coastal zone in Vanuatu is the country’s hub of economic activity. Best estimates of long term, systematic changes indicate that by 2050, sea level is likely to have increased by 20 cm.

The government of Timor-Leste is currently investing heavily in transport infrastructure as a basis for securing the country’s long-term development goals. These investments are at risk as a result of climate change and therefore require a strategy to ensure their long-term sustenance.

A country housing the largest number of displaced population, Sudan faces additional stress as a result of climate change.

Sao Tome and principe (STP) being a Least Developed Country (LDC) and Small Island Developing State (SIDS), is very vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.

The Government of Mali is currently tackling development constraints which include various agricultural and rural development initiatives focusing on stimulating rural economies, improving agricultural productivity and promoting sustainable land management.

Malawi’s high dependency on rainfed, maize dominated agriculture, combined with poor urban planning in rural towns makes 85% of its populations highly vulnerable to climate change induced droughts, floods and post harvest grain losses.

Extreme weather events have adversely impacted Malawi’s food security, water security, energy supply, infrastructure, human health and the sustainable livelihoods of family households.

Climate change and its effects on rainfall patterns and temperatures are exacerbating the vulnerability of rural communities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The Democratic Republic of the Congo’s coastal zone stretches 40 km and comprises of the towns of Muanda, Banana and Nsiamfumu.

Agriculture is the mainstay of the economy, contributing over 90% towards Comoros’s exports earnings. Despite the crucial role of agriculture in the economy and for employment, the domestic agricultural sector is struggling to provide the food needs of the population.

The project seeks to include climate change considerations in short and long term planning processes, sectoral planning and other decision-making processes.

The overarching goal of the project is to safeguard development benefits for vulnerable communities from future climate change induced risks.

With more than 70% of the population live on less than $2 per day, Burkina Faso’s economy is heavily dependent on natural resources.

In the long-term, strengthening the resilience of Afghan communities to climate change will require a step change in current practices. To begin with, a greater level of awareness and a more robust knowledge base of climate change impacts are required.

Lao PDR is one of the poorest countries in the world and according to IPCC findings particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change.

The Cuvelai Basin has experienced regular flooding for centuries; however over the past three hydrological years (2008-2011) the Basin has had extensive floodings with various negative repercussions, including loss of life and property.