Besides the workshop, the KEI team had bilateral meetings with key people in the UNDP Country Office, National Environment Commission, Ministry of Agriculture and Forests, Gross National Happiness Commission, Department of Hydromet Services, College of Natural Resources, Geo Hazard International and the WWF Bhutan Programme. The KEI team also visited Phangyuel gewog (Wangduephodrang dzongkhag, 3 hours’ drive from Thimphu) on the 19th of August to see LoCAL activities in the field. On the final day of the mission, a team debriefing was held with the Department of Local Governance.
The Local Climate Adaptive Living Facility (LoCAL) of the UN Capital Development Fund serves as a mechanism to integrate climate change adaption into local governments’ planning and budgeting systems, increase awareness of and response to climate change at the local level, and increase the amount of finance available to local governments for climate change adaption.
Contributed by Ugen P. Norbu, UNCDF-LoCAL Consultant.