Future Fund

Empowering developing and emerging economy regions to accelerate climate action

The Future Fund empowers subnational governments to accelerate the shift towards a world of under 2°C of warming, through strategic funding that supports climate activities in developing and emerging economy regions.

The role of developing and emerging economy regions is fundamental to make a difference to the world’s climate system. Not only can these regions contribute to a decarbonized world, but implementing mitigation measures can carry significant and much-needed health and socioeconomic benefits to local populations.

However, these regions have traditionally struggled to find resources to join international climate networks, participate in meetings, develop mitigation capacities or share lessons learned due to various resource constraints.

The Future Fund was launched at COP22 in Marrakech, with founding contributions from the governments of Alberta, Ontario, Québec, Scotland, South Australia and Wales, to support these regions to play their part in the response to climate change. 

    In 2018, the second Future Fund Progress Report was published, it showcases how eight state and regional governments from developing countries were supported to strengthen their response to climate change. It also sets out how strategic support enabled the state of West Bengal in India to update its climate change strategy for the first time in eight years and the state of Yucatán in Mexico to develop a plan to reduce emissions from government buildings. In 2018, following requests from Under2 Coalition governments, we also facilitated secondment opportunities for staff from emerging economy regions to developed economy regions.

    Finally, the fund also supported 21 state and regional governments to attend the Under2 Coalition General Assembly and the Global Climate Action Summit in September 2018. 

    The Future Fund supports emerging and developing economy regions by providing the following opportunities:

    • Engaging in Under2 Coalition activities
    • Participating in international climate negotiations
    • Peer-learning through international exchanges
    • Implementing new projects to mitigate climate change

    Applications will open in Spring 2019 – watch this space.

    • Cross River State (Nigeria) will visit Québec (Canada) to learn about sustainable forest management to support carbon capture and to limit greenhouse gas emissions.
    • São Paulo (Brazil) will exchange with Wales (United Kingdom) in April 2019 on 2050 pathways planning (long-term decarbonization strategies).

    Future Fund

    For more information or to donate, please contact:
    Mathilde Batelier, Project Coordinator
    +44 (0)207 960 2987
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