Sub-national initiatives

Sub-national initiatives

Efforts to mitigate climate change and adapt to its effects will require new types of partnerships, policies and instruments. Successfully addressing the climate change challenge will only be achieved, and sustained, through involvement and commitment at all levels of decision-making. In particular, sub-national authorities (regions, provinces, states or municipalities) have a key role to play in actively incorporating climate change considerations in day-to-day business and in introducing climate-friendly policies, regulations and investment decisions at their level, as a direct outreach to the public. Local planning decisions will be critical for tailoring almost every single adaptation action to the local conditions. Similarly, local behaviour and investment choices have a major impact on greenhouse gas emission levels. However, if local authorities are to succeed, effective partnerships must be achieved with their constituencies, the national government, international donors, technical centres of excellence, neighbouring regions/countries who share common interests and the private sector.

Related Publications and Resources

  • Climate Change at UNDP: Scaling Up to Meet the ChallengeSep 1, 2008The paper presents UNDP's strategy to support the efforts of developing countries and vulnerable groups for scaling up mitigation and adaptation action to successfully meet the climate change challenge and achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

  • Community Based Adaptation to Climate ChangeCommunity Based Adaptation to Climate ChangeJan 1, 2010The Community-Based Adaptation (CBA) programme seeks to encourage systemic change in national adaptation-related policy through evidence based results from a portfolio of community-driven climate change risk management projects. The programme promotes global learning related to community adaptation by sharing lessons from a range of initiatives focusing on natural resource management.

Programmes and initiatives

Community-based adaptation: The UNDP-GEF Community-Based Adaptation Project pilots building the resilience of communities and the ecosystems upon which they rely in the face of climate change impacts.