The Local Climate Adaptive Living Facility (LoCAL) helps local government authorities in developing and least developed countries access the climate finance and capacity-building and technical support they need to respond and adapt to climate change.
A standard, internationally recognized mechanism designed and hosted by the UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF), LoCAL promotes climate change– resilient communities and local economies.
Putting PBCRGs in place typically involves:
- Undertaking local climate risk assessments to inform adaptation planning and mainstreaming.
- Integrating adaptation in a participatory and gender-sensitive manner in their local development planning and budgeting processes.
- Developing, selecting and implementing adaptation measures.
- Developing, selecting and implementing adaptation measures
- Appraising performance to determine how additional resources have been used and conducting audits as part of a regular national process; these performance results inform the next year’s PBCRG allocations and capacity- building support
- Providing capacity-building and technical support activities to identified needs at the policy, institutional and individual levels
Over 20 countries worldwide have adopted the LoCAL mechanism; country initiatives are at various phases of implementation:
I: Piloting involves initiating LoCAL in 2–4 local governments over 1–2 cycles of investments, collecting lessons and fine-tuning the mechanism
II: Consolidating involves expanding and demonstrating LoCAL effectiveness at a larger scale, typically in over 5–10 local governments
II: Scaling-up is gradual nation- wide roll-out of LoCAL as the national system for channelling domestic and international adaptation finance to the local level
Serves as proven mechanism for international community to channel climate change finance to world’s most remote and vulnerable regions and populations
Recognized by Least Developed Countries Expert Group of UN Framework Convention on Climate Change as proven avenue for vertical integration of national adaptation plans with guideline approval and forthcoming ISO certification
Integrates climate change adaptation into local development planning
Supports implementation of national climate change strategies, such as nationally determined contributions, national adaptation plans and decentralization policies
Builds stronger and more transparent government financial systems through PBCRGs
Enables community participation in local development planning, implementation and monitoring
Prioritizes needs of women and youths, so climate finance benefits those needing it most
Contributes to climate-related SDGs and local economic development, particularly in the green economy, stimulating job creation as well as micro, small and medium enterprises
Helps countries earn accreditation to access international climate funds
Strengthens climate change adaptation monitoring and reporting