The Local Climate Adaptive Living Facility, LoCAL has mobilised US $100 million for locally led climate change adaptation action, already benefitting more than 11 million people in some of the world’s most vulnerable countries. News of the landmark achievement came with a commitment to at least double the size of the facility within five years to meet the growing demand from countries. The LoCAL Facility is primarily funded by the European Union and EU Member States, notably Sweden.
LoCAL is a flexible and effective instrument that delivers sustainable results by channelling resources and boosting capacity at the local level.
“The introduction of LoCAL in my region has impacted [our lives] a great deal,” explained Malamin Bojang, Community leader in Kerewani Area Council, The Gambia, where communities are using LoCAL grants for actions that include, among others, drinking water projects, irrigation systems and the establishment of vegetable gardens. Work is often completed by the villagers themselves through cash-for-work schemes that provide much-needed local employment.
Villager Salla Busso, from Darsalameh Ward in Kerewani, agrees: “This project has been a very important project for us, especially in terms of water,” she said, thankful to no longer be walking long distances to fetch water for her family.
Ministers from five countries, including The Gambia, have agreed to become LoCAL Ambassadors and share their experience of LoCAL. Another LoCAL Ambassador country is Mozambique, recently ravaged by two deadly cyclones.
“I chose to be an ambassador for LoCAL, considering not only the vulnerability of the impact of climate change that Mozambique has cyclically suffered, but particularly with relation to the results LoCAL achieved,” said Ivete Maibase, the Minister of Land and Environment in Mozambique and a LoCAL Ambassador. “LoCAL is a sustainable mechanism, directed to the communities with a direct impact on the lives of Mozambican families.”
“We would like to thank all our funders and partner countries who have demonstrated their commitment to LoCAL and locally-led adaptation with financial support and encourage others to join this collective effort,” said Sophie De Coninck LoCAL Facility Manager. “We are committed to welcome and accompany all countries that express interest in benefitting from the mechanism and work closely with them to access and effectively channel the resources needed at the local level, meeting or exceeding the target to double the size of the facility over the next five years.”
One specificity of LoCAL is its systemic approach and its proven scalability. First launched in Bhutan and Cambodia in 2011, the mechanism is now being rolled out at the national level. The LoCAL publication ‘Financing local adaptation to climate change’ is recognised by the LDC Expert Group as annex to the National Adaptation Plan technical guidelines of the UNFCCC.
With LoCAL support, a number of national bodies in participating countries have been accepted as accredited entities, enabling them to directly access climate change funds from the Green Climate Fund. Such accreditation is a vital means of boosting access to climate change resources.
Hosted by the UN Capital Development Fund (UNDCF), LoCAL is owned by the countries that sign up to implement the mechanism, primarily Least Developing Countries and increasingly Small Island Developing States. Launched in 2011, today 26 participating countries are engaged in Africa, Asia, Caribbean and Pacific and thousands of communities are designing adaptation projects to be funded with LoCAL grants.
LoCal is supported by the European Union through the Global Climate Change Alliance Plus (EU GCCA+) initiative.