The Climate Crisis Demands Local-level Financing and Action

The Lack of Long-term, Flexible Programming at the Local Level is a Widespread Problem

A young person carries debris from one of the many landslides that crisscross Ngangu in the aftermath of Cyclone Idai.
A young person carries landslide debris in the aftermath of Cyclone Idai. The storm caused catastrophic damage in Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Malawi, leaving more than 1,200 people dead and thousands more missing.
14 January 2021 • UPDATED 12 July 2022

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The Zurich Flood Resilience Alliance is focused on building resilience at the community level. This is in recognition that the devastating impacts of climate change are felt most immediately and severely at the local level, and that communities are aware of their vulnerabilities and understand how to build meaningful, local-level resilience that meets their needs.

However, practitioners and local level policy makers have been constrained in their efforts to build resilience or scale successful activities, due to a lack of local financing for addressing the impacts of climate change.

Building a more resilient society will require flexible, long-term funding at local levels, strengthened institutions that support community involvement in decision making, capacity building, and clear evidence of effective programming to support planning and action.