New York, USA - The 2016 Local Climate Adaptive Living Facility (LoCAL) Board Meeting took place from April 12th to 13th, at the One UN Hotel in New York.
The meeting gave board members from 11 countries the opportunity to review LoCAL’s progress and accomplishments as well as highlighting the new goals for the upcoming year.
The Board emphasized the importance of the role of the local governments in the LDCs to increase resilience against climate change.
The LoCAL programme will continue to enable local governments to cope with the increased cost of building resilience to climate change and natural disasters. It is designed to reinforce existing national and sub-national financial and fiscal delivery systems in line with the Paris Agreement, which strongly emphasizes the role of sub-national governments in its implementation.
“I am happy to see how vital and dynamic [LoCAL] has become and continues to be. It's more than an experiment; it's becoming a new way of working and creating partnerships and recognizing the role of the local governments [in increasing resilience]."
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.
The workshop was also organized to review the progress of the ongoing work plan and to discuss and fine-tune the FY 2016/17 Climate Change Adaptation Plans for which LoCAL will provide the Climate Resilience Grants (second-year allocation). It was concluded that the adaptation projects financed under the LoCAL Climate Resilience Grants were very appropriate and appreciated by communities. Furthermore in most cases VDCs showed adequate capacity to implement the adaptation projects and subsequently implementation progress was now in most VDCs good. This makes overall LoCAL implementation satisfactory considering that the initial ‘delays’ were caused by the earthquake of 25 April, 2015.
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).
Also, thorough discussions took place on possibilities to strengthen the LoCAL implementation for the ongoing and coming FYs and, as a result of the cross learnings from the different district experiences and through the site visits to the EFLGP, further lessons were drawn for improving the system design of LoCAL in the years to come.
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