The session titled as “Locally Led Adaptation Track Session” hosted by LLAT GCA, was held at Gobeshona 6 conference, organized by the International Centre for Climate Change And Development (ICCCAD) at Independent University, Bangladesh (IUB) today.
The respective panelists for the following session were Ms. Cristina Rumbaitis del Rio, Ms. Sheela Patel and IIED.
The session was inaugurated by Ms. Cristina Rumbaitis del Rio, providing a short background history about the Global Commission on Adaptation. Where she included the commission having 8 action tracks, 23 conveying countries. This breakdown consists of two phases. She also said that they were calling this year “the year of action”. The reason behind such background checks was to lead the commission to empower the people standing in the first lane of needs, build resilience and lead the local sectors towards development.
Ms. Cristina then requested Ms. Sheela Patel to present her wise words regarding grassroot level interventions. Ms. Patel basically talked about why locally led action was critical for successful climate adaptation. It is known to all of us that the poor are the worst sufferer due to calamities induced by climate change. As a result, a large number of figures always remain out of the sight of development. Therefore, she gave importance to bringing out the voices of the weakest not only in the sight of the national platform but also in the sight of the global one. She concluded by saying “we add value to what you do and you add value to ours”.
Mr. Barry Smith, representator of IIED, briefly explained how business as usual isn’t working as finance isn’t flowing to the most vulnerable because of distant experts. He simply quoted “change is needed”. Therefore, they’ve proposed a few principles for good practice. As developing countries were already demanding change, he added that institutions need to focus on long term patient projects.
After that, Ms. Sugan Gonzales, Asian Development Bank, discussed the Community Resilience Partnership Program (CRPP), a program that supports countries and communities in Asia and Pacific scale up investments in resilience that are transformal and explicitly tackle the nexus of poverty, gender and climate change. Putting an example of women having limited access to resources and having limited contribution in the decision making, she focused on CRPP aiming to achieve increased investments that
- Explicitly strengthen the resilience of the poor women and men by giving them proper access to resources
- Place financial resources in the hands of poor communities
- Support participation of women and men in decision making for resilience at the local level.
Therefore, in this regard, CRPP will support actions in 3 inter-related tracks:
- Knowledge and action research
- Project preparation and Pump-priming of ideas/approaches
- Capacity building learning
The session was then preceded by Mr. David Mfitumukiza, GCA & Makerere University. He hosted the country dialogue phase where agents from different countries (Bhutan, Nepal, Senegal, Mozambique) came forward and shared their locally led adaptation action- the challenges and achievements. UNDP, Brac and ICCCAD put their examples on the table regarding the action process as well.
Lastly in the intervention session, it was suggested that LLAT needs to be more focused on experimental firms. It should be willing to take risks and link the community issues to city scale.
The whole session was a rich tour from one corner of the earth to the other. A perfectly balanced structure, proper amount of momentum and a real push is all that is needed to execute and compliment a long lasting infrastructure.
Safa Azad is an Environmental Management student at Independent University, Bangladesh