CBA16 and locally led adaptation: an interactive dialogue


This online event shared the perspectives of local actors from the community-based adaptation community of practice on delivering locally led adaptation.

Last updated 30 June 2022
Four women in a dry landscape watering small plants.

Women water mukau saplings in Kenya's arid Eastern Province (Photo: Flore de Preneuf/World Bank via Flickr, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

The principles for locally led adaptation aim to ensure that local communities in the most vulnerable countries lead sustainable and effective adaptation to climate change in their own contexts.

They are endorsed by nearly 80 governments, global institutions, local and international NGOs. But how do these institutions make the transitions needed to see them delivered in practice? What does success look like from the ground up, and what should we expect from COP27?

This interactive London Climate Action Week session on Thursday, 30 June brought together local actors with locally led adaptation (LLA) principles global endorsers to explore these issues in more depth.

We created a space for community-based local actors to discuss the LLA principles, showing how local experiences and priorities can inform how they are put into practice. We:

  • Built a deeper and wider understanding of the locally led adaptation principles
  • Connected the LLA principles to action on the ground and explored what implementing them means in practice, and
  • Showed how local adapters are central for delivering locally led adaptation in practice, and pushed for decentralised climate action at the COP.

We drew on audience perspectives to inform the discussion, along with videos of local adapters sharing their perspectives on local climate action.

These perspectives fed a facilitated dialogue between two local actors at the frontline of climate action and two high level speakers directly engaged in climate negotiations.

This event was hosted by CBA partners IIED, Practical Action, the International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD), Global Resilience Partnership (GRP), Climate Justice Resilience Fund (CJRF), Friendship, CARE, Green Africa Youth Organization (GAYO), and Irish Aid.

This conversation built on more than a year’s worth of evidence gathering of LLA in practice, funded by the UK government and delivered by IIED, World Resources Institute, South South North, Huairou Commission, Slum Dwellers International (SDI), Caribbean Natural Resources Institute (CANARI), Centro para la Autonomía y Desarollo de los Pueblos Indígenas, Save the Children Australia and ICCCAD.

The speakers

  • Saleemul Huq, director, ICCCAD
  • Sushila Pandit, Mentimeter host
  • Anish Shrestha, Youth for Environment Education and Development and Catalytic Grant Winner
  • Pauline Kariuki, Rural Women Network and Catalytic Grant Winner
  • Madeleine Diouf, Least Developed Countries Group chair, Senegal
  • Shuchi Vora (panel moderator), Global Resilience Partnership
  • Marcia Toledo, UN Climate Change High-Level Champions

Event coverage

A recording of the event is available below or on IIED's YouTube channel, where viewers are also able to use timestamps to go straight to specific speakers.

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