Burkina Faso has signed an agreement with the UN Capital Development Fund to deploy the Local Climate Adaptive Living Facility to advance the Sahelian country’s efforts to build resilience and adapt to climate change. The agreement was sealed at COP26 by Minister for the Environment, Green Economy and Climate Change Simeon Sawadogo and UN Capital Development Fund Executive Secretary Preeti Sinha.
“At a total cost of nearly $ 176,000, this pilot phase of the mechanism will be implemented in three municipalities over the period from October 2021 to December 2022,” said Mr Sawadogo.
Burkina Faso lies in the Sahel region of West Africa, one of the regions of the world that is most negatively impacted by climate change with rising temperatures, falling and unpredictable rainfall patterns as well as extreme weather events.
The impacts of climate change are most dramatically observed – and experienced – at the local level. LoCAL helps local government authorities in developing and least developed countries access the climate finance, capacity-building and technical support they need to respond and adapt to climate change. A standard, internationally recognized mechanism designed and hosted by UNCDF, LoCAL promotes climate change– resilient communities and local economies.
Local governments can be a powerful ally in promoting climate change adaptation and building resilient communities because they understand local needs, are first responders to climate change and have a mandate to undertake the small to medium-sized adaptation and infrastructure investments that can be transformative in building community resilience. Central to the LoCAL approach is giving communities a voice in the decision-making process, building consensus and working together for results.
LoCal is supported by the European Union though the Global Climate Change Alliance Plus (GCCA+) initiative.