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COP26: Can locally led anticipatory action be leveraged to address climate impacts at scale?

Join us at the Development and Climate Days 2021, held during the annual Conference of the Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) on 9-10 November 2021.

Start Network is partnering with IIED to bring you the following session.

Loss and damage is happening now, affecting millions of people around the world. As climate change intensifies and the frequency and severity of climate hazards increase, loss and damage impacts will also increase dramatically, and will become increasingly difficult to adapt to - resulting in loss of lives and livelihoods, culture and identity, ecosystems and development potential. Millions face the risk of displacement due to climate-related disasters or the prospect of forced relocation as their homes become increasingly uninhabitable due to rising temperatures or drought, flooding or sea-level rise.

There is mounting evidence that for climate action to be effective must be appropriate to the priorities of local people and designed to protect their rights. This requires climate action to be informed and led by local people and institutions and to prioritise the locally articulated needs and priorities of the most vulnerable. There is also growing consensus that anticipatory action is one of the most effective ways to mitigate climate impacts and that locally led anticipatory action has the potential to do so at scale for the most vulnerable people.

Local and national organisations have long been advocating for reform in the humanitarian sector. The Grand Bargain was a first attempt to bring government and international agencies together in the localisation agenda however, the commitments failed to deliver concrete actions. The Grand Bargain 2.0 can be an opportunity to increase a sense of urgency in the sector, and there is increasing commitment to support anticipatory humanitarian action. Yet there has been little meaningful action to deliver either at scale. Action is lagging far behind commitment. In particular, there has been little explicit commitment to leverage the power of locally led anticipatory action to scale up action to address loss and damage for the most vulnerable people and places.

This session, therefore, aims to:

  • Highlight the loss and damage risks that poor and vulnerable people face at the local level
  • Explore the potential of locally led anticipatory action to address those risks effectively
  • Identify the financial, institutional and other challenges that local actors face in taking anticipatory action to address loss and damage
  • Consider ways that locally led anticipatory action can be leveraged to address loss and damage risk for the most vulnerable communities at scale


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