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COP26: Which financing mechanisms can contribute to inclusive locally led adaptation in fragile and conflict settings?

This Development & Climate Days session will continue to explore the concept of “delivery mechanisms” for locally led adaptation, with a specific focus on the enablers and challenges in conflict-affected and fragile states.

People and communities on the frontlines of climate change are often the most active and innovative in developing adaptation solutions. Yet, too often, they lack access to the resources and power needed to implement those solutions effectively. In fragile contexts, this is even more challenging. Locally led adaptation can unlock, support and leverage the enormous potential and creativity of individuals and communities to develop solutions based on their direct experience of climate change impacts. As a consequence, adaptation action will be more effective, and more accountable to communities.

Political momentum is building for a change in this dynamic. Eight principles for locally led adaptation have been developed and launched at the 2021 Climate Adaptation Summit. They aim to guide more inclusive and locally led adaptation that puts local communities at the centre. Over 55 governments, leading global institutions and local and international NGOs have already endorsed these principles and are advocating their endorsement by others.

Alongside the growing push for greater political and financial support for locally led adaptation, there needs to be continued recognition and support for the unique challenges that conflict-affected and fragile contexts face. Amongst the countries considered most vulnerable and least able to adapt to climate change, those affected by conflict are disproportionately represented- yet adaptation efforts in these contexts and the availability of climate finance to support them remain woefully insufficient. Barriers to investment decreased state capacity, and the limited presence of development actors and other dispensers of climate finance are all contributing factors to this gap. 

This Development & Climate Days session will continue to explore the concept of “delivery mechanisms” for locally led adaptation, with a specific focus on the enablers and challenges in conflict-affected and fragile states. It will also highlight the importance of resilience and preparedness more broadly, focusing on community-led innovations.

Muhammad Amad, the Executive Director IDEA a local organisation in Pakistan and a member trustee of Start Network will be sharing our membership call to action.



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