Country Vulnerabilities: Niger, in West Africa’s Sahel region, is on the frontline of climate change. The arrival of precious rains are increasingly difficult to predict, are more patchy and annual rainfall totals are falling. Communities in this arid region are battling increasingly high temperatures, more frequent periods of drought, marked deterioration in soil quality and greater ecosystem fragility. Livelihoods and lives are being lost as degraded land and devastating climatic events increasingly take their toll.

National response: The National Policy on Climate Change 2013 aims to reduce the negative impacts of climate change, specifically, it seeks to strengthen the population’s capacity for adaptation and the resilience of ecological, economic and social systems. The policy also aims to incorporate climate change into planning tools for socioeconomic development actions at the national, regional and local levels.

Decentralization in Niger provides for two levels of local authority – the commune and the region. Communes have general powers to provide public services that meet the needs of the population and that do not fall under the jurisdiction of the state or region.


A successful pilot of LoCAL in the two local governments of Dogon Kiria and Sokorbé has paved the way for addressing climate variability and change also answers basic development needs in Niger, like access to safe drinking water, or gender issues. While working to improve local knowledge and understanding of climate risks and vulnerabilities to better inform adaptation choices, LoCAL in Niger has taken a pragmatic approach to support the local government capacity in dealing with the climate change effect and started increasing the resilience of the most vulnerable populations.


265 Communes in 36 Departments

22,4 M People



Communes Engaged


Adaptation Investments




Budget Phase I


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Government Partners:

In Niger, LoCAL is implemented by the Ministry of the Environment, Urban Sanitation and Sustainable Development; the Ministry of the Interior, Public Safety and Decentralization and Customary and Religious Affairs; and the National Environmental Council for Sustainable Development of the Government of Niger.

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