Many local governments are responsible for sectors that deal with the practicalities of climate change adaptation – investing in and maintaining basic infrastructure, enforcing zoning laws, and managing disaster risk. In many developing countries, local governments lack the fiscal space to invest in ‘climate-proofing’ existing infrastructure or to undertake other forward-looking investments that help build resilience. Most resources come earmarked from central government for recurring expenditures, leaving little for capital investment.
How We Are Helping?
LoCAL (Local Climate Adaptive Living Facility) is the UNCDF facility for investment in local level climate resilience. The facility channels global adaptation finance to local governments - who are at the frontline of dealing with the effect of climate change - and enables them to invest in building local resilience. The method for doing so is innovative: The LoCAL Facility connects to existing national intergovernmental fiscal transfer systems and supplements capital grants to local governments with performance-based climate adaptation funding. LoCAL thus provides a fast and effective means to channel adaptation finance to where it is most needed, while at the same time ensuring ownership, accountability and results. The methodology is derived from UNCDF's specific experience in setting up such systems for effective capital investments and capacity building of the sub-national governments.
Focused on least developed countries, the facility channels global adaptation finance to local governments to help them invest in building community resilience. LoCAL connects to existing national intergovernmental fiscal transfer systems and supplements transfers to local governments with performance-based climate resilience grants, channeling adaptation finance to where it is needed most. Communities and their local governments jointly identify the most pressing climate adaptation needs to which the supplement transfers should be applied. The transfers can also be used for investments that promote food security – such as water catchment systems that help farmers manage droughts – or investments for climate-related disaster risk reduction and preparedness.
To learn more about LoCAL, please download the LoCAL brochure
|Goal||To support climate resilience at the local level.|
|Active In||Bhutan, Cambodia, Lao-PDR, Solomon-Islands.|
|Partners||UNCDF, UNDP, UNEP, CCCA Trust Fund, Adaptation Fund, SIDA|
|Total project cost and UNCDF contribution||USD 1,500,000|