Why invest in community flood resilience?
Decisions that affect flood risk and resilience are often made by donors and decision makers at national levels.
With the impact of floods felt most immediately by communities some of the most critical decisions around disaster risk reduction and flood resilience should be made at local levels.
Communities often have a good understanding of their strengths and weaknesses, and they know best how and where to focus resilience building activities in order for them to have impact. It’s on this hypothesis the Zurich Flood Resilience Alliance’s Flood Resilience Measurement for Communities (FRMC) is built.
Working with communities, we can have tangible impacts on peoples’ lives, and develop good practices that can feed into policy at local levels and influence higher level government and donor decisions.
Find out about challenges of translating the rhetoric around local knowledge into practical approaches in the blog Local knowledge in flood risk management: are we only paying it lip service?
Direct flood resilience funding to local levels where it matters most
Research from IIED shows that only US$1 in every US$10 of climate finance committed is for delivering local level climate action.
A Zurich Flood Resilience Alliance analysis of the Green Climate Fund, the largest global fund dedicated to help fight climate change, shows that only a tiny fraction of the flood resilience funded by the Green Climate Funded is channeled to stakeholders at a local level.
Lack of local funding for climate change adaptation and risk reduction leaves communities and local decision makers unable to take the actions they know are needed to build resilience.
In The climate crisis demands local level financing and action the Zurich Flood Resilience Alliance shares best practice examples and provides recommendations for how governments, donors, and practitioners can ensure that resources reach local levels where they can have the greatest impact on those most at risk of our changing climate.
The key points focused on in this working paper are:
- Donor and government funding commitments should be long-term and flexible.
- Engagement should be cross-sectoral and cross-scalar.
- The strengthening of local institutions should be a priority.
- Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction activities should be informed by need.
- Budgets and spending should be transparent and accountable.
The Global Commission for Adaptation’s Principles for Locally-Led Adaptation Action also provides useful guidance on best practice.
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