In order to implement the second year of LoCAL effectively at the district and Village Development Committee (VDC) level, the workshop reviewed the status of activities undertaken to date and also prepared the plan for the fiscal year 2015/16. The workshop helped to build a common understanding on the LoCAL Programme and clarify the roles and responsibilities of various stakeholders including the Ministry of Federal Affairs and Local Development, the districts/ VDC, Line Agencies. Additionally, through various sessions, the workshop enabled participants to develop a basic awareness and knowledge on climate change, its impacts, vulnerability and the concept of mitigation and adaptation. The workshop also focused on the integration with the Government of Nepal’s Environmental Friendly Local Governance framework, to which LoCAL has been piloted under.
The major outcomes of the workshops included the preparation of the Project Funding Matrix (PFM) for the LoCAL projects for the financial year 2015/16. The conceptual understanding of LoCAL and the practical knowledge and skills required for the implementation were enhanced through the workshop. There was also a high level of ownership exhibited from the district line agencies during the workshops for LoCAL. The DDCs indicated their commitment for the successful and effective implementation of LoCAL in the two pilot districts. Furthermore, sector line agencies such as the District Agriculture Office and District Soil Conservation and Watershed Management Office shared ideas for joint activities related to LoCAL- some of which have been reflected in the Programme Funding Matrix.