At the local level, local governments and local communities are both partners and beneficiaries of LoCAL. They directly lead or contribute to key steps of the process through participatory planning and mainstreaming, and implementation and oversight of adaptation measures and investments. They benefit from capacity building through on-the-job learning, access to technical support and guidance for long-term institutional strengthening.
At the national level, LoCAL generally works with central ministries in charge of decentralization, climate change, planning and finance, and in-country development partners. Central ministries coordinate country efforts, support local governments through strategic guidance and services, and are leading the preparation for expansion and national roll-out of LoCAL in Phases II and III. In-country development partners, which vary from country to country, provide technical and financial support.
LoCAL has developed a special partnership with the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) in Cambodia, with the European Union's Global Climate Change Alliance (EU GCCA) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark (Danida) in Bangladesh, with the EU in Bhutan, with the UNDP Global Environment Facility (GEF) in Lao People’s Democratic Republic and with the Belgian Development Cooperation in Mozambique.
UNCDF has also developed partnerships at global and regional levels with the World Resource Institute (WRI), the Korean Environment Institute (KEI) and the UNDP-UNEP Poverty-Environment Initiative (PEI).
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