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Locally-led climate solutions
Locally led climate solutions are solutions in which communities (including marginalized groups) participate meaningfully in developing and implementing adaptation or mitigation solutions.
WHY WE MUST ENABLE LOCALLY-LED SOLUTIONS
Youth, women, Indigenous peoples, and others most affected by the climate crisis are often at the forefront of some of the most effective – and inclusive – climate actions worldwide.
Local climate solutions are more effective for several reasons.
- They are more tailored to the local context and harness local communities’ innovation capacity and (traditional) knowledge.
- They better integrate socio-economic development with climate benefits
- They allow local communities to have ownership over the solutions; this greatly increases the chances of success of those solutions.
WHAT LOCALLY-LED CLIMATE SOLUTIONS LOOK LIKE
Local climate solutions take many different forms. Like modifying agriculture practices in response to unpredictable weather patterns, more frequent droughts or heavier rainfall, planting mangroves that protect coastlines against sea level rise, and even campaigns against littering on beaches to protect coral reefs and other marine life.
LOCALLY-LED CLIMATE SOLUTIONS BASED ON NATURE
Often, effective climate solutions are a symbiosis between local communities and nature. These solutions harness the power of nature to protect people against the devastating effects of climate change. Locally-led solutions that harness nature’s power also positively impact the local economies and livelihoods.
Locally-Led Topic Quiz
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FACTS AND FIGURES:
- Over 3.3 billion people live in highly vulnerable places to climate change.
- Nature-based solutions could reduce the intensity of climate and weather-related hazards by 26%
- Nature-based solutions could provide developing countries with valuable protection against the economic cost of climate change, saving at least US$104 billion in 2030 and US$ 393 billion in 2050.
FINANCING FOR LOCALLY-LED CLIMATE SOLUTIONS
There is a growing understanding of the need and effectiveness of locally-led climate solutions. Yet, data shows that global responses to the climate crisis are passing over these. According to the International Institute for Environment and Development, it was estimated that between 2003 – 2016 less than 10% (US$1.5 billion) of the US$17.4 billion that was committed to climate change projects were locally-focused.
LOCALLY LED CLIMATE SOLUTIONS and POWER HOLDERS
This attitude is pervasive beyond financing. Current power holders, often from the wealthiest and most industrialised countries, are the ones deciding on the direction of the entire global climate transition and choosing whose initiatives are prioritised. This must change. The international community needs to provide a platform for locally-led climate solutions where voices of low-income and marginalised groups can influence the transition.
LOCALLY LED ADAPTATION PRINCIPLES
To counter the power imbalance, a growing number of governments and (international) organisations have endorsed the Locally Led Adaptation Principles. These principles are developed to extend financial resources to local governments, community-based organisations, and other local actors and to help create structures that give local groups greater influence on decision-making.
WHAT VCA IS DOING TO ENHANCE LOCALLY-LED CLIMATE SOLUTIONS
VCA envisions a world where civil society co-creates locally relevant, inclusive and fundable climate solutions. We do this by mutual capacity strengthening for co-creating alternative scaled climate solutions. Read more about our work on the Who we are page.