Taking locally led adaptation global – episode 3 of podcast mini-series

News, 9 June 2021
This episode explores ways to align global climate finance systems more effectively with the real-life situations of people in communities and at the local level, to ensure successful locally led adaptation to climate change.



IIED’s podcast mini-series ‘Locally led adaptation – a time for action’ comes to an end with the launch of the third and final episode: ‘Taking locally led adaptation global’.

The conversation in this episode is hosted by IIED researcher Marek Soanes and sheds light on what is needed for the global system to better support climate action on the ground, and locally led adaptation.

With a firm eye on the 26th UN Conference of the Parties (COP26) on climate change, four experts in climate policy discuss how to improve democratisation of climate finance, ensuring that young people, Indigenous Peoples and non-government organisations, alongside public sector institutions, have better access to climate finance to implement their own climate solutions.

The podcast mini-series emerges after 40 governments and leading organisations publicly endorsed the principles for locally led adaptation at the Climate Adaptation Summit 2021.

The first episode, ‘From principles to practice: commitments from donor organisations’ saw representatives of three donor organisations that endorsed the principles discuss what they intended to do differently to put the principles into practice. In the second episode ‘The ‘A’ Factor: accountability for locally led adaptation’, organisations that signed up to the principles were held to account by two expert judges.

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Participants in episode 3 are:

Ayesha Constable, national adaptation plan coordinator in Antigua and Barbuda’s Department of Environment, which is in the Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment.

Eileen Mairena Cunningham, a Miskito indigenous researcher. She is vice-president of the Indigenous women's organisation Del Rio Coco Wangki Tangni (website in Spanish) and advocacy officer and researcher of the Center for the Autonomy and Development of Indigenous Peoples (CADPI). Cunningham has over 20 years’ experience in participatory research and local development with Indigenous Peoples, focusing on women.

Mamadou Honadia, former senior climate negotiator for Burkina Faso and now advisor to the chair of the Least Developed Countries Group of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. He has over 35 years’ experience in climate change negotiations including former roles as chair of the African Group of Negotiatiors on Climate Change and Land Degradation and chair of the Adaptation Fund board.

Josh Amponsem, founder of the Green Africa Youth Organization and youth fellow at the Global Center on Adaptation. He led the authorship of ‘Adapt for Our Future’ – the first background paper on youth and climate adaptation, and led a global youth consultation to produce the Global Youth Call to Action on Adaptation, delivered to world leaders at the 2021 Climate Adaptation Summit.

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