How can donors and governments support locally led action on climate change?

How can donors and governments support locally led action on climate change?

How can donors and governments support locally led action on climate change?

Governments and donors urgently need to take action on climate change by investing in locally led climate change adaptation solutions.

We know from research by the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) and ODI that not enough funding is provided for climate change adaptation and resilience building, and that not enough of the funding provided reaches local levels where it can be invested in solutions identified by, and working for, communities themselves.

The Zurich Flood Resilience Alliance‘s experience of working with communities support the research. We know little funding is available at local levels to build resilience to flooding. Policy and funding decisions are often made without communities and local decision makers at the table.

This is a problem as the lack of local funding towards climate change adaptation and risk reduction creates greater vulnerability for communities and local authorities, leaving them ill-equipped to build resilience. Even when they know what solutions would help.

To make sure funding reaches local levels donors should:

  1. Invest in development programmes (7 years or longer) to support long-term change
  2. Provide capacity support and technical training on climate change and DRR with a primary focus on local governments and CSOs
  3. Support local actors including CSOs, banks, government officials, and community representatives in effort to achieve sustainable development
  4. Follow through with commitments established at the 2016 World Humanitarian Summit to invest in DRR
  5. Ensure that governance arrangements and adaptation funding are transparent to communities

And national governments should:

  1. Provide transparent yearly DRR and CCA funding for local level governance
  2. Remain fully engaged and consult with a plethora of stakeholders for the sake of securing funding for CCA and DRR
  3. Support climate financing programmes including sustained budget allocation and platforms dedicated to sharing knowledge to local and national governments
  4. Ensure that local governance structures are equipped with funding and personnel to support communities’ plans and policies
  5. Support local governments with funding for CCA and DRR and in policy production

For more details and examples of what these recommendations look like in practice read the Zurich Flood Resilience Alliance’s Working Paper The climate crisis demands local level financing and action.

Relevant resources

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In 2009, wealthy countries committed to mobilize $100 bn in annual climate finance to assist low-income countries to address climate change by 2020.

This is a recording from a webinar session, building directly on an Alliance paper “At what Cost - How chronic gaps in adaptation finance expose the

In Year 2, from July 2019 – June 2020, Zurich Flood Resilience Alliance organisations started to implement resilience programming in communities and