The Vertical Integration and Learning for Low-Emission Development (V-LED) project


Listen: What is V-LED about?


Cities and subnational authorities are on the frontlines responding to climate change. But they cannot do it alone. Limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees requires action from all sectors of society and levels of government. The Vertical Integration and Learning for Low-Emission Development (V-LED) project supports the governments of Kenya, South Africa, Vietnam and the Philippines to harness the potential of collaborative climate action.

Key activities focus on:

Capacity development

The project offers a series of toolkits, training packages and context-specific, on-the-job coaching for subnational authorities in order to drive forward local low-emission development.   

Vertical dialogues

A series of thematic vertical climate dialogues creates space for communities, businesses and staff from local, regional and national government levels to discuss and join efforts in order to plan and implement climate change actions collaboratively.

Horizontal learning

Peer-to-peer good practice exchange workshops and networking conferences allow communities, cities and counties to discuss practical solutions, gain inspiration and learn from each other’s achievements and challenges.

Research & global policy action

Four country studies analyse how multilevel climate governance enables local climate action. A series of ‘real practice’ studies documents promising collaborative climate mechanisms and the team shares project insights with the international community by leading workshops in key events.


The V-LED project is implemented between 2015-2021. It is supported by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) as part of its International Climate Initiative (IKI).