Locally led adaptation: Promise, pitfalls, and possibilities

Mohammad Rahman, Danielle Falzon, Stacy-Ann Robinson, Laura Kuhl, Ross Westoby*, Jessica Omukuti, E Lisa F Schipper, Karen E McNamara, Bernadette P Resurrección, David Mfitumukiza, Md Nadiruzzaman

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    Abstract

    Locally led adaptation (LLA) has recently gained importance against top-down planning practices that often exclude the lived realities and priorities of local communities and create injustices at the local level. The promise of LLA is that adaptation would be defined, prioritised, designed, monitored, and evaluated by local communities themselves, enabling a shift in power to local stakeholders, resulting in more effective adaptation interventions. Critical reflections on the intersections of power and justice in LLA are, however, lacking. This article offers a nuanced understanding of the power and justice considerations required to make LLA useful for local communities and institutions, and to resolve the tensions between LLA and other development priorities. It also contributes to a further refinement of LLA methodologies and practices to better realise its promises. Ultimately, we argue that the utility of the LLA framing in promoting climate justice and empowering local actors needs to be tested empirically.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1543-1557
    Number of pages15
    JournalAmbio
    Volume52
    Issue number10
    Early online date7 Jun 2023
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2023

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