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Climate finance

Local Climate Adaptive Living Facility (LoCAL)

This mechanism is hosted by the United Nations Capital Development Fund and aims to make communities and economies more resilient by increasing financing for and investment in climate change adaptation at the local level in LDCs.

An initiative of United Nations Capital Development Fund

Overview of the project

Local authorities in least developed countries (LDCs) are in a unique position to identify climate change adaptation responses that best meet local needs, and typically have the mandate to undertake the small to medium sized adaptation investments required for building climate resilience. Yet they frequently lack the resources to do so – particularly to do so in a way which is aligned with established local decision-making processes and planning and budgeting cycles.
The LoCAL Climate Adaptive Living Facility (LoCAL)  has been designed to address this challenge, building on over two decades of UNCDF experience in fiscal decentralization, performance-based grants, local public financial management, and local investments and procurement around the world. LoCAL was established to address the unfunded mandate or role of local authorities in addressing climate change adaptation. LoCAL is a mechanism which can be tailored to specific country circumstances to increase awareness of and capacities to respond to climate change at the local level, mainstream climate change adaptation into local government planning and budgeting systems and investments and increase the amount of finance available to local governments for climate change adaptation.


Promote climate change resilient communities and economies by increasing financing for and investment in climate change adaptation at the local level in LDCs.

Level of progress

Ongoing research

Project timeline


Quantitative results

Implementation in 17 countries


Donor and country funded

About the

United Nations Capital Development Fund

Rafael. Moser
Programme Officer

The UN Capital Development Fund makes public and private finance work for the poor in the world’s 47 least developed countries (LDCs).

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    European Union