LDC Initiative for Effective Adaptation and Resilience (LIFE-AR)

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August 2018-

The LDC Initiative for Effective Adaptation and Resilience (LIFE-AR) aims to develop an over-arching least developed countries (LDC) vision for adapting towards a climate resilient future by 2050. The vision will be LDC led and driven, driving forward climate action in line with LDC needs and priorities. 

Members of a community risk reduction committee fill gabion bags with stones to  prevent flood damage to farm land in Ethiopia (Photo: USAID/CRS, Creative Commons via Flickr)

To overcome the pressing and unprecedented challenge of climate change, the least developed countries (LDCs) require a long-term focus to ensure that resilience and adaptation are consistently built over time. 

To date, climate responses have often been short-term, projectised and sectoral, with limited impact due to climate action requiring long term, cross-sectorial and multi-level support. In addition, climate responses have often been defined and led externally and not by LDCs themselves, limiting opportunities for long-term capacity building and the building of LDC systems.

There also remains a gap in knowledge and a lack of an evidence base of what is working in practice to deliver long-term climate resilient development at scale. 

Aims of LIFE-AR 

To overcome such challenges, LIFE-AR aims to:

  1. Develop an over-arching LDC vision for adapting towards a climate resilient future by 2050. The vision will be LDC-led and driven, enabling LDCs to drive forward climate action in line with their needs and priorities, and to present a strong case for domestic, donor and private investment into delivering long term, innovative and real climate action at scale
  2. Inform the development of adaptation plans to 2050, and identify immediate priorities that will further build national institutions, domestic systems and capabilities, and further define National Action Plans (NAPs), National Determined Contributions (NDCs) and wider national efforts to build resilience and address poverty, and  
  3. Undertake a robust review of evidence on effective adaptation and resilience interventions to date to inform the LDC vision, guided by a network of LDC advisers, practitioners and resilience partners, building on ongoing initiatives. Such an analysis will pinpoint ‘lighthouse initiatives’ that can serve as examples for learning and replication among fellow LDCs.

IIED will work directly with the LDC Group to facilitate this process, supporting the development of the LDC vision, as well as the review and analysis of evidence on effective adaptation and resilience interventions to underpin the vision, and drive forward implementation and replication across LDCs. 

Who is involved?   

The initiative will benefit from the direction, oversight and guidance of an LDC Ministerial Group, and LDC advisory and technical groups whose membership will be defined by the LDC Group. The LDC Ministerial Group will provide high-level political direction, oversight and self-select initial LDC frontrunner countries to inform the LDC vision at national level. 

The LDC advisory and technical groups will draw on expertise from across LDC Group negotiators and adaptation specialists, as well as the experience and expertise of LDC practitioners and resilience partners that have been driving climate action forward in practice.

In December 2018, LDC Group chair Gebru Jember Endalew spoke about LIFE-AR at the 2018 Development and Climate Days. Watch the speech below or on IIED's YouTube channel.