The construction of bench terraces, progressive terraces and buffer zone protection allowed the communities to reclaim agricultural land that was previously no longer suited for agriculture production due to soil erosion caused by intense rainfall and floods. The Nyabihu and Musanze districts in Rwanda benefited from the construction of 503ha of bench terraces and 845.5 ha of progressive terraces. (Photo by AF)

Adaptation Fund Event

Local Leadership in Adaptation Finance: Learning from Locally-Led Action in Adaptation Fund Projects and Programmes

at Gobeshona Global Conference on Locally Led Adaptation

Date: January 18, 2021

Time: 5am– 7pm UTC/ 12pm -2pm ET/DC

Format: virtual (Simultaneous interpretation will be provided in English, French and Spanish.)

The Gobeshona Global Conference , hosted by the International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD), brings together researchers as well as practitioners and supporters of Locally – Led Adaptation Action (LLA) under one platform to focus on Learning and Measuring progress locally, nationally and globally, each year and track progress year to year.

The Adaptation Fund will host a session on ‘Local Leadership in Adaptation Finance: Learning from Locally-Led Action in Adaptation Fund Projects and Programmes’ during the 1st Gobeshona Global Conference.

The session has an objective to accelerate learning about institutional and individual capacity strengthening, modalities, and approaches for harnessing successful locally led adaptation measures and strategies from a few case studies. The AF will provide an overview of relevant financing modalities, policies and practices of the Fund that are designed to support locally led action. The session will discuss successes and barriers to increasing local leadership on adaptation and opportunities for international organizations to facilitate locally-led action.

Through the panel discussion, AF national implementing entities under its pioneering Direct Access modality that promotes country ownership in adaptation will highlight successes and challenges that local actors have faced in converting the promise of local empowerment to effective action in practice and share insights on approaches and methodologies that promote locally led adaptation in practice.

Mr. Mikko Ollikainen, Manager Adaptation Fund, will provide opening remarks and representatives from the World Food Programme (WFP), Fundecooperacion Para el Desarollo Sostenible in Costa Rica, Micronesia Conservation Trust (MCT) in the Federated States of Micronesia, and the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) in South Africa will participate in the panel discussion.

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