Local Climate Action: adelphi highlights cases of collaborative action around the world

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With climate change impacts intensifying in the coming years, governmental action is now needed more than ever. The latest V-LED series of publications and audio segments analyses the practice of concrete cases in Colombia, Kenya, the Philippines and South Africa.


After the COVID-19 pandemic, governments and society will face the compounded challenges of building back economies and tackling the climate crisis. Collaborative governance at different levels is necessary to garner meaningful input from across sectors of society and government. To improve collaboration between administration levels, for the past six years the adelphi-led Vertical Integration and Learning for Low-Emission Development project has been working closely on governance strategies with national, municipal and regional administrations in Africa, South America, and Southeast Asia.

Shedding light on real practices on the ground

As part of the research and analysis conducted by adelphi with its partners Sustainable Energy Africa and other organisations and experts, the project found that the practices for coordination and alignment of climate strategies and plans varies widely around the world. By shedding light on selected practical cases in Colombia, Kenya, the Philippines and South Africa, the project aims to draw attention to the emerging success factors. 

The real practices in focus

The V-LED Real Practice series responds to the growing demand for real-life examples and practical knowledge about multilevel climate governance. The series answers the question: How have local and national governments addressed challenges in their collaborative climate actions? examining the challenges they face and highlighting key lessons for replication, the series extends knowledge to policy makers and implementers in order to improve collaborative action among local, national and global actors.

Colombia: Learn here how the Regional Climate Change Nodes aim to integrate the responses of all levels of government.

Kenya: Learn here how the County Climate Change Funds have evolved as a key component of the national climate planning and financing framework that strengthens capacity and channels finance to community-driven priorities.

Philippines: Local governments use their local climate action plans as a collaborative tool to drive transformative actions on the ground. Learn here how Ormoc City is doing it.

South Africa: Learn here how the Local Government Climate Change Support Programme has been building capacity and shaping the country’s climate governance for a decade.

About V-LED

The Vertical Integration and Learning for Low-Emission Development (V-LED) project is led by adelphi in partnership with the Institute for Law and Environmental Governance (ILEG) and Sustainable Energy Africa (SEA). The first phase of the project included additional partners, UN-Habitat and OneWorld. The project is supported by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) as part of its International Climate Initiative.

Contact person: Paola Adriázola