'Dr Ali Mahamadou, Cabinet Director at the Ministry of Environment, Public Hygiene and Sustainable Development made the opening speech at the Launching ceremony of LoCAL on the 9th June 2015 in Niamey, Niger. He stated how the initiative relies on a transparent mecanisms to help channel funds at the local levels while at the same time inciting improvements of local governance and capacity building, in particular the regular and systematci mainstreaming of climate change in local government planning processes. He reminded the participants that the launch of the LoCAL initiative was made Under the Framework of the recommendations made during the International LoCAL Workshop held in Cotonou (Benin) in February 2013. Following that workshop, Niger Benin Mali and Ghana were selected to pilot the LoCAL facility in Africa.
The LoCAL Niger will support the implementation of the Directive #104 –dated 11 August 2014 – addressing the transfer of State capacities and resources to territorial collectivities.
Mrs Martine Therer, Ms. Martine Therer, UNDP-Niger Deputy Resident Representative representing the UNCDF explained Niger is the 4th country on the Sub-Sahel region to benefit from climate funding. She underlined the importance for Niger to stay at the forefront of climate by establishing and further enhancing mechanisms at national and local levels so that populations could continue to benefit from solutions that will help them adapt and build résilience to climate impacts. 'The pilot phase being launched today will enable us to test, identify challenges and opportunities and to draw lessons that will guide the future development of the mechanism.'...
The UNCDF-LoCAL funding in this pilot phase amounts to a total of 100000USD, split between the two communes of Dogonkiria and Sokorbe...'
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