The Principles for Locally Led Adaptation are a set of 8 principles that guide the adaptation community as it develops funding, programs and new practices toward adaptation that is increasingly owned and led by local partners.

A virtual side event at Middle East and North Africa Climate Week 2022, this session will explore the Principles for Locally Led Adaptation and share lessons learned from in  the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region and globally.

More than 75 organizations and governments have endorsed the Principles for Locally Led Adaptation. These organizations acknowledge that business-as-usual approaches to planning and financing adaptation are not working for the people and communities most directly at risk, and they commit to doing things differently to support more finance and decision-making power for local partners.

This session will contribute to efforts to put these principles into practice and to support follow-through on commitments. The session will include expert remarks and time for open, frank discussion about challenges and solutions for supporting and scaling locally led adaptation, drawing on expertise from the MENA region.  Through the session we hope to share valuable learning on what it takes to decentralize finance and decision-making power for adaptation to the local level, and why doing so is a growing priority among governments, funders, and civil society alike.

This one-hour session will take place on March 30 at 7:00 AM Washington DC / 12:00 PM London / 1:00 PM Cairo/ 3:00 PM Dubai / 4:30 PM New Delhi.


  • Sheela Patel, Founder, Society for Promotion of Area Resource Centres (SPARC)
  • Dr. Laila Iskander, Former Egyptian Minister of the Environment and founder of Community and International Development (CID) Consulting
  • Howaida Nagy, CARE Egypt
  • Jen Abdella, Near East Foundation

Other speakers TBC

Moderator:  Jaime Williams