Resilience and adaptation to climate change is a major development issue for least developed countries (LDCs) that threatens to slow their growth and limit their poverty reduction efforts. One way of rapidly addressing climate change and building resilience in LDCs is through meaningful engagement at the local level.
Yet local governments cannot fulfill their potential for climate change adaptation. Evidence shows that due to restricted financial flows to the local level, most local governments in LDCs are not able to contribute effectively to climate change adaptation and resilience building due to a lack of appropriate finance and budgetary allocation to the local level:
Bridge after completion in Copargo, Benin. © LoCAL-UNCDF/Joel Bekou
Watergate in Otaki, Battambang. © LoCAL-UNCDF/ Cedric Jancloes
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