The representatives from LoCAL participating countries* considere that climate change adaptation endeavours largely fall under the core mandate and responsibilities of local governments. Therefore, they required effective coordination between various stakeholders and local governments.
« The objective of LoCAL is to become a standard and recognized country-based mechanism for Least Developed Countries, that supports direct access to the Green Climate Fund with the objective to transfer resources to local governments through national institutions and systems for building verifiable climate change adaptation and resilience » said David Jackson, Director of Local Development Finance of UNCDF who chaired the Board.
The board noted that LoCAL had almost reached 13 countries in the programme and requested the LoCAL secretariat to increase to 20. The board also tasked the secretariat to explore, pilot and test the expansion of the LoCAL methodology to urban areas and municipalities including its support to public private partnerships and project finance for larger climate resilient investments.
The board endorsed the progress report 2016 and the annual workplan and budget 2017. Its members re-appointed Luc Gnacadja as special representative of LoCAL programme board and acknowledged his critical role in the follow up of the Paris agreement.
More information on the LoCAL Programme Board 2017 decision here
* List of LoCAL Participating Countries:
In Asia: Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Lao PDR and Nepal,
In the Pacific: Tuvalu
In Africa: Benin, Ghana, Mali, Niger, Mozambique, Tanzania