So far, UNCDF’s Local Climate Adaptive Living Facility has supported local governments in LDCs to invest in building resilience according to their analysis of vulnerability. But how accurate is this analysis? If a bridge is damaged following a flood, does the engineer factor in the possibility of another flood at the same level? Or one twice as big?
Up until now this kind of information was only available to local governments in places like Germany and Korea, where central agencies provide support in up to date climate forecasting together with specific funding to build resilience. The Korean Environmental Institute has agreed to share this knowledge with local governments in LDCs so that they can check their own experiences with the latest global forecasts and data on how climate change is affecting their urban and rural. 'We are making the first step on supporting climate adaptation in LDCs through LoCAL.' said Dr Young Il Song, Director General of KEI.
Following the COP 21 side event “Shared Efforts for Adapting to Climate Change”, jointly organized by Korea, Germany and UNCDF to present methodologies and experiences, KEI agreed to support LoCAL member countries. “We are making the first step on supporting climate adaptation in LDCs through LoCAL. We hope this will be expanded to all LoCAL countries to establish a global mechanism,” said Dr Young Il Song, Director General of KEI.
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