LoCAL is the Local Climate Adaptive Living Facility. It is a United Nations facility for investment in local level climate resilience. The facility channels global adaptation finance to local governments - who are at the frontline of dealing with the effect of climate change - and enables them to invest in building local resilience.
The method for doing so is innovative: The LoCAL Facility connects to existing national intergovernmental fiscal transfer systems and supplements capital grants to local governments with performance-based climate adaptation funding.
LoCAL thus provides a fast and effective means to channel adaptation finance to where it is most needed, while at the same time ensuring ownership, accountability and results. The methodology is derived from UNCDF's specific experience in setting up such systems for effective capital investments and capacity building of the sub-national governments.
Focusing on Bhutan, Cambodia, Lao-PDR and Solomon-Island, the facility channels global adaptation finance to local governments to help them invest in building community resilience
“Towards an Integrated Evaluation Framework of Climate Change Adaptation Projects” outlines the methodology, M & E criteria used to evaluate LoCAL project as well as lessons learnt and concluding remarks.
Th framework was developed by Stelios Grafakos and Veronica Olivotto, both of the Rotterdam-based institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS)