LECReD Programme

The Low Emission Climate Resilient Development (LECReD) Programme is assisting government authorities in the Maldives in building capacities at national and local levels to support low carbon life-styles, climate change adaptation, and disaster risk reduction. The programme is currently providing support to 12 islands in Laamu atoll to realize low emission and climate resilient development. The programme seeks to mainstream LECReD issues into local level development planning and service delivery for greater community-level ownership and sustainability of programme benefits.

Building on partnerships and through a collaborative approach, the programme is working to address the particular vulnerabilities of the Maldives in facing climate change. LECReD Programme is supporting national and local authorities to promote the organisation and coordination of actions towards adaptation, mitigation and building of resilience from the ground up.

Central to LECReD is the way it combines knowledge exchange and stakeholder participation with policy and planning. Our participatory process engages stakeholders from all sectors and builds on this collaborative approach to combine indigenous and international research in facing climate change.

Through more informed evidence-based decision making processes, local councils are being supported to protect and enhance critical infrastructure that reduces risk, as well as the safety of all schools and health facilities in Laamu Atoll. The programme is supporting councils to formulate their local development plans, initiating the process through the preparation of vulnerability and capacity assessments, education programmes and training. Immediate resilience action is promoting ecosystem resilience, water safety and security, energy security and food security, as well as public health and DRR. LECReD programme seeks to promote inclusion and address the needs of the most vulnerable population, making sure that all voices are integrated in local policy and development, including women, youth and children.

The main areas of work in LECReD Programme are:

  1. Partnership, coordination and participation platform
  2. Data and knowledge systems
  3. Local Level Planning and Management for LECReD
  4. Practical local experience

The Programme builds on the integrated efforts of seven Participating United Nations Organizations (PUNOs) operating in the Maldives: UNDP, UNICEF, UNOPS, UNFPA, UN WOMEN, WHO and FAO. LECReD Programme Board (PB), comprised of a wide range of stakeholders, provides policy direction and approves financial allocations. Oversight and coordination functions are carried out by the Programme Coordination Unit (PCU), the Programme Technical Committee (PTC), and the UN Technical Group (UNTG) integrating focal points from all PUNOs. The Multi-Partner Trust Fund (MPTF) Office serves as the Administrative Agent for the LECReD Programme Fund.

LECReD Programme is financed by the government of Denmark.