Kathmandu, Nepal - The Ministry of Federal Affairs and Local Development (MoFALD) organized the LoCAL Annual Review Workshop in Chitwan district of Nepal on 19-20 April 2016, with the district and the Village Development Committee (VDC) level stakeholders from the LoCAL pilot districts of Dhading and Rupandehi.
Participants shared practical field experiences in the Dhading and Rupandehi pilot districts and exchanged lessons learned from LoCAL implementation, in part also to create a common understanding of implementation modalities of LoCAL. Furthermore MoFALD presented lessons from the Government of Nepal’s Environment Friendly Local Governance Programme (EFLGP) and the complementarities with the LoCAL programme were discussed.
There were a total of 21 participants from Dhading and Rupandehi Districts. The participants included the VDC Secretaries, District Energy Officers, District Development Committee (DDC) officials, social mobilisers and staff members of the Government’s flagship governance programme: the Local Governance and Community Development Programme (LGCDP).
The participants in addition visited two different EFLGP project sites in Chitwan district, which enhanced their awareness on sustainable environment management and climate change adaptation activities -- as acknowledged by Mr. Min Prasad Bhattrai, VDC Secretary, Rupandehi District Gonaha, who stated that “Sharing of LoCAL implementation, field observation of Environment Friendly Development activities and theoretical perspective of climate change adaptation helped greatly in enhancing our knowledge and understanding on LoCAL implementation modality.”