Climate displaced ethnic communities

in Godagari, Rajshahi, Bangladesh

LoCAL projects take

climate change response

at the field level where there is most impact

Guava is piloted as

drought resistant high value crop

on a 1.4 hectare plot in the Upazila of Mohonpur, Bangladesh

About LoCAL

​The Local Climate Adaptive Living Facility (LoCAL) of the UN Capital Development Fund serves as a mechanism to integrate climate change adaption into local governments’ planning and budgeting systems, increase awareness of and response to climate change at the local level, and increase the amount of finance available to local governments for climate change adaption.

Local authorities of the least developed countries (LDCs) are uniquely positioned to identify the climate change adaptation responses that best meet local needs. Further, they typically have the mandate to undertake the small- to medium-sized adaptation investments needed to build climate resilience. Yet they frequently lack the resources to do so especially in a way aligned with established decision-making processes and public planning and budgeting cycles.

LoCAL combines performance-based climate resilience grants (PBCRGs), which ensure programming and verification of climate change expenditures at the local level, with technical and capacity-building support. It is designed to re-enforce existing national and sub-national financial and fiscal delivery systems, and it uses the demonstration effect to trigger further flows for local adaptation — including national fiscal transfers and global climate finance for local authorities — through their central governments.​

LoCAL aims to promote climate change–resilient communities and economies by increasing financing for and investment in climate change adaptation at the local level in LDCs.

LoCAL and the SDGs

LoCAL aims to promote climate change–resilient communities and economies by increasing financing for and investment in climate change adaptation at the local level in least developed countries.

Integrating climate change adaptation into government planning and budgeting systems.

LoCAL supports local governments in mainstreaming climate change adaptation into regular decision-making processes, development planning and resource allocation through performance-based grants for climate resilience.

The LoCAL Secretariat, based in UNCDF headquarters and regional offices, provides technical advice, in-country support, and seed capital or initial financing for performance-based grants for climate resilience to prove concept and lay the groundwork for scaling up with governments’ own fiscal resources and other sources of climate finance.

LoCAL by the numbers (2017)

13

Countries using LoCAL

$7M

Grants budget (since 2011)

68

Local governments

+5M

population

Adaptation

Local Planning

Performance Based Grants

Capacity Building

Traceability & Monitoring

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