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Local Climate Adaptive Living Facility (LoCAL)

The Local Climate Adaptive Living Facility (LoCAL) of the UN Capital Development Fund provides a country-based mechanism
to increase awareness and response to climate change at the local level, integrate climate change adaptation into local
governments’ planning and budgeting systems in a participatory and gender-sensitive manner, and increase the amount
of finance available to local governments for climate change adaptation. 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 uses a demonstration effect to trigger further flows for local adaptation, including
national fiscal transfers and global climate finance for local authorities, through their central governments.

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Sophie De Coninck uploaded a new Document 12 April 2018
Sophie De Coninck uploaded a new Document 12 April 2018

The LoCAL Brochure 2017 EN provides a snapshot of the Local Climate Adaptive Living Facility (LoCAL)


L’initiative LoCAL (Local Climate Adaptive Living Facility) Bénin mise en œuvre par le Ministère de l’Environnement Chargé de la Gestion des Changements Climatiques, du Reboisement et de la Protection des ressources forestièresle avec l'appui du Fonds d’Equipement des Nations Unies (UNCDF) lance un appel à candidature visant à recruter un Consultant National, Spécialiste en Changement Climatique et Développement Local pour accompagner le processus de prise en compte de l’adaptation des changements climatiques dans les instruments de planification locale.

VIDEO from LoCAL-Cambodia.

Climate change adaptation can not be done effectively without vulnerability assessments. This information is the starting point for climate resilient planning. From there, Mr Phum Phal explains how participation and a clear process make it possible for the Local Governance and Climate Change program (LoCAL-Cambodia) to make a real impact at local levels.

LoCAL Story from the field: "Kingdom in the clouds: a travelogue about scaling up LoCAL in Bhutan"


LoCAL Story from the field: "A new elevated road in Cambodia serves as shelter during the floods and brings access to key services like schools and hospitals"


Niger and Ghana join LoCAL.

Since it started its work in Bhutan and Cambodia countries in 2011, LoCAL has been introduced in an additional 5 countries in Asia and Africa. To date, LoCAL has provided grants to 29 local governments, reaching out to a population of over 4 million, across 7 LDCs in Asia (Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Lao PDR and Nepal) and Africa (Benin and Mali). The objective of the support is to pilot a mechanism that can then be scaled up to the national level, therefore targeting over 230 million people across countries.

Last month, the Memoranda of Understanding with Niger and with Ghana were signed, expanding the programme to another 2 African countries.

Peuhl woman, UNCDFPeuhl woman, UNCDF

LoCAL article in Capital Finance International Summer 2015

LoCAL Bénin: Formation technique sur les problématiques du changement climatique

Looking for Specialists in Climate Change Adaptation Mainstreaming and Local Development Planning/Budgeting, UNCDF-LoCAL (Up to 6 Positions)

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LoCAL Niger looking for a national technical advisor

COP21 Paris Agreement Recognizes Role of Subnational Levels of Government in Strengthening Resilience to Climate Change

LoCAL is looking for a bilingual (FR/EN) consultant in communication and knowledge management to help document and disseminate experiences in Africa. Please share widely.

More Water, Less Walking

How LoCAL’s well rehabilitation helped cut down hectic travel distances in the plains of Dogonkiria, Niger

LoCAL rehabilitated well, Dogonkiria, Niger (c) UNCDF LoCAL Nasser AlqatamiLoCAL rehabilitated well, Dogonkiria, Niger (c) UNCDF LoCAL Nasser Alqatami

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Sophie De Coninck
14 January 2015

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