Untapped potential: the role of local governments in locally led adaptation

This paper discusses the role of local governments as powerful, but often over-looked, actors in locally led adaptation. Local governments represent key stakeholders that have largely untapped potential to lead local adaptation action, mediate between local actors and national authorities, and manage climate finance to address local needs. This paper highlights how local governments have advanced locally led adaptation through the Local Climate Adaptive Living Facility (LoCAL) mechanism in three countries: Niger, Lesotho, and Cambodia.